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The girls basketball team makes its 2016-2017 season debut beginning tonight at a tournament in Colleyville.

The girls basketball team makes its 2016-2017 season debut beginning tonight at a tournament in Colleyville.

Sydney Wong

Sydney Wong

The girls basketball team makes its 2016-2017 season debut beginning tonight at a tournament in Colleyville.

Drew Doig, Staff Reporter

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The girls basketball team will tip off the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Colleyville Heritage Tournament. This is the team’s first test of the season, as they have only played two preseason games against Frisco Wakeland and Princeton High School.

The team returns a total of nine varsity players which are currently upperclassmen, including four starters. Out of those nine, one is a senior and eight are juniors who all had one year of experience playing on the varsity level last season.

Head coach Lance Boxell said the team has many goals and expects the junior class to lead his team with one year of varsity experience under their belt.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs,” Boxell said. “The girls are excited about the challenge of facing the new teams in our district and are ready to compete and try to earn a postseason berth this season.”

Junior guard Taylor Meixelsperger said the team is focusing on improving from last season and being positive.

“Last year it was easy for us to get discouraged, so now we are looking to stay positive no matter what the season brings,” Meixelsperger said. “We are also looking to improve our transition play and make the game quicker since we are a small team.”

Junior guard Kim Lyne said her team’s preparation is essential to their success this season.

“Each individual has something to strive towards this year, and as a team we have to work hard in order to accomplish our goals,” Lyne said.

After the Colleyville Heritage tournament, the team will begin non-tournament play on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Sherman.

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