Aaron Colen, Sports Editor, Aaron.Colen@chickashanews.com
The Chickasha High School girls basketball team competed in its second preseason scrimmage Monday against Byng, as head coach Christy Edelen searches for the best lineups to take into the season.
The Lady Chicks played nine 10-minute periods against Byng, sometimes putting out the varsity and other times playing lineups made entirely of freshmen and sophomores.
While winning and losing isn't the main goal in a scrimmage, the Lady Chicks did win three of the periods.
The Chickasha girls varsity team went 7-17 last season, and lost in the first round of the regional playoffs to Durant High School.
This season, the Lady Chicks return some of the key players from last season, while also welcoming in a promising group of underclassmen."They've got to step up faster than they realize," Edelen said. "At the same time, I look in their eyes and some of them are just trying too hard, and I've just got to find a way to get them to relax and play this game that we love."
Although key players like Kieley Clift, Alex Stewart and Sierra Hamilton are returning with varsity experience, much of the rotation will be filled with players in their first year of significant varsity action.
Sophomores Jackie Ramos, Chloe Reyes and Brooklin Burns as well as freshman Dominique Golightly, among others, will likely be asked to contribute to the varsity.
"The unique thing about us, is that we can't put five girls on the floor that have played together in a varsity game," Edelen said. "So we're kind of learning as we go, but I thought we had much improvement over last Tuesday's scrimmage, and I was pleased with that."
The Lady Chicks scrimmaged Tuesday evenining at Kingfisher High School, and have two more scrimmages this preseason.
At 5 p.m. Nov. 13, Chickasha will scrimmage at Tecumseh, and at 4 p.m. Nov. 20, the team will go to Blanchard for one more preseason warm-up. Edelen said there is a lot of work still to be done.
"Executing our offense, and chemistry, and just all aspects of the game," Edelen said. "We've been so average or below average, and we're just ready and excited, we think we have a group of kids that can give us a lot of potential."
The Chickasha High School varsity boys and girls are scheduled to begin the regular season on Nov. 30, with a home game against the Noble Bears.
The Fightin' Chicks and Lady Chicks played Noble in the first game of last season, and both teams came away with victories.