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Girls team hopes to be much improved

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Coming off a 2012-13 season that saw only one win, the Custer High School girls basketball team set out this summer to ensure that kind of season never happens again.
It’s for that reason that head coach Stephanie Ornelas said last season, while difficult, did have a silver lining.
“The girls have a lot more ownership of it,” she said. “I think the girls realized it takes a little more dedication if you want to be good.”
Using last season, a season in which the team was routintely blown out and usually out of the game by halftime as motivation, the returning core of Wildcats went to work in the summer, putting in time in the gym, at team camps and in the weight room. The result, it is hoped, is a squad that is much more competitive and can render last year’s campaign a distant memory.
The team will be led by two returning seniors in Nykyla Malinosky (5-9 C) and Jade Spring (5-3 G), both who saw heavy minutes a year ago. Other returning players from the varsity include juniors Billie Wicks (5-3 G), Jasmine Cisneros (5-4 G) and Ally Hass (5-6 F), along with sophomore Taren Jones (5-9 C). Ornelas said some other younger players, such as freshman Skylar Dekkar (5-7 F), could also see some varsity minutes.

Coming off a 2012-13 season that saw only one win, the Custer High School girls basketball team set out this summer to ensure that kind of season never happens again.

It’s for that reason that head coach Stephanie Ornelas said last season, while difficult, did have a silver lining.

“The girls have a lot more ownership of it,” she said. “I think the girls realized it takes a little more dedication if you want to be good.”

Using last season, a season in which the team was routintely blown out and usually out of the game by halftime as motivation, the returning core of Wildcats went to work in the summer, putting in time in the gym, at team camps and in the weight room. The result, it is hoped, is a squad that is much more competitive and can render last year’s campaign a distant memory.

The team will be led by two returning seniors in Nykyla Malinosky (5-9 C) and Jade Spring (5-3 G), both who saw heavy minutes a year ago. Other returning players from the varsity include juniors Billie Wicks (5-3 G), Jasmine Cisneros (5-4 G) and Ally Hass (5-6 F), along with sophomore Taren Jones (5-9 C). Ornelas said some other younger players, such as freshman Skylar Dekkar (5-7 F), could also see some varsity minutes.

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