Girls Basketball

'Different energy'

Taos girls look to improve after winning just two games last season

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 11/26/19

The Taos Lady Tigers are looking to improve this season.

Head coach David Sanchez said since last season, there has been an improvement in players and, because of that, he believes this team will be deep and that the bench will be strong.

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Girls Basketball

'Different energy'

Taos girls look to improve after winning just two games last season

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The Taos Lady Tigers are looking to improve this season.

Head coach David Sanchez said since last season, there has been an improvement in players and, because of that, he believes this team will be deep and that the bench will be strong.

Aside from that, there are some newcomers, like eighth-grader Kiona Ely, who stands at around 6 feet tall.

"She's an extremely talented young lady," Sanchez said of Ely. "She's a hard worker."

Sanchez doesn't put a whole lot of stock into who the starters are, however. The Lady Tigers, for the most part, will be seeing a lot of returners from a season ago.

"One day we might have a girl who scores 15 or 20," Sanchez said. "The next day it can be somebody different. That's how balanced we are."

Sanchez said that there isn't an impact player on this team but instead opted for the term "impact team" because of the variety of talent.

Taos, who competes in District 2-4A, won't have an easy time in the district either. Three of five teams in the district made it to the Class 4A state tournament last year, and those same teams -- Pojoaque Valley, Española Valley and Los Alamos -- are looking to do it again this season.

"It's almost like each game is a playoff game," Sanchez said of the toughness in the district.

The Lady Tigers are senior-heavy this season with five of them, but also have three juniors, two sophomores and an eighth-grader on the squad.

Sanchez said that, offensively, his team wants to push the ball. Defensively, they may rely on the length of Ely to secure rebounds and hopefully get the ball out to the outlet player for a fast break.

But, regardless of all the talk and hearsay, Sanchez believes that this team has potential.

"There's a different energy this year," Sanchez said. "It's a lot more competitive in practices, so I can see us bringing that to games."

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