When the current group of junior girls were freshmen, they were dubbed the “Baby Braves” because of their potential and the idea that with a little time and experience they would have the chance to be special. Along with two seniors, these Lady Braves aren’t babies anymore and that potential has been replaced by expectations and winning habits.
Dave Moore now takes over the reins of the program after the past two seasons as the junior varsity coach and although it is early, he likes what he sees.
“I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve got two seniors and quite a few juniors and they look like they are in mid-season form. We were able to move through a lot of the things that we typically do with fundamentals and they are moving the ball well. We’re playing great defense so I’m very pleased with where we are at right now.”
With the volleyball season ending more than three weeks ago, Moore believes his team is healthy and ready for the season physically.
“They‘ve had some time to let their bodies heal and recover and we aren’t working through any of the kinks of the offense,” he said. “We are able to develop individual skills to create some better players.”
The Lady Braves were stifling last year on defense, allowing a paltry 32.6 ppg to lead the 3A classification. On offense, they were in the middle of the pack at 45.1 ppg. Moore believes that the last two or three seasons have set up the possibility of a more fast-paced offense this season.
“I think one of the things that we’ve been building on that we will be able to take advantage of this season is I think we are going to be a much more up-tempo team,” he replied. “We’re really going to look to fast break, to rebound to get the ball out and push up the floor and get some easy buckets off the fast break. We are also going to try and take advantage of full court pressure. We are going to do more of that and take advantage of our speed in relation to some of the other teams. I think those two areas are how we can take advantage over other teams.”
• Schedule The Lady Braves will open their season on the road in Green River which will be followed up by the Flaming Gorge Tournament where they will see teams such as Riverton, Cheyenne East and Hillcrest, Idaho.
Between December 22 and February 13, the ladies will play on the home floor a whopping eight times out of 11 games. The Lady Braves program is 23-4 on the Afton floor the past three seasons.
• Pre-season Primer
2014-15 Finish: Lost 3rd place game to Mountain View
2014-15 Record: (19-7)
Offense: 45.1 ppg (8th)
Defense: 32.6 ppg (1st)
Shooting: 39% (5th)
Key Departures: Kenedey Brog (6.1 ppg / 2.0 apg / 29 3-point baskets)
Key Returners: Savannah Lucero (9.7 ppg / 2.3 spg), Rylee Burmester (5.9 ppg / 3.9 rpg), Morgan Dana (5.8 ppg / 5.5 rpg), Kenadee Jenkins (5.2 ppg / 4.2 rpg), Shania Warren (4.1 ppg / 3.5 rpg) & Lindi Moore (4.0 ppg / 3.5 rpg)