POMONA — The West Franklin High School girls basketball team is attempting to turn around its fortunes by being mentally stronger.
The Falcons won two games last year and five the previous campaign.
“We have to expect to win games,” fourth-year coach Kyle Conley said. “The goal is to win. We had a exceptional summer league at Osawatomie. I am hopeful it will translate into this year.”
Building confidence is one of his priorities.
The Falcons lost just one senior last year. Conley is banking on using experience and maturity of the four seniors to give the Falcons a lift.
“There is not a whole lot of new faces,” he said. “I had most of them all summer. They know the playbook. We are not as young as last year.”
The big culprit has been not being able to handle a press.
“It has been a focus point the past four years,” Conley said. “We get the deer in headlights look at times. It is extremely frustrating. It is something the guards have to step up and be able to handle it.
“We have to take care of the basketball is the biggest thing for us.”
The Falcons return six players with significant minutes last year. Emily Reed, McKenzie Steele, Bailey Hedgepath-Shaffer, Bailey Whittington, Alexis Yelland and Macy Flory will be the backbone of the squad.
“Everybody has improved,” Conley said. “The sophomores improved the most.
“I am looking for solid leadership from the seniors. We showed poise at the end of the season. We competed in January and February. We could not get over the hump.
“We have a pretty good athletic group.”