Girls basketball seeks to build on first win


Shae Daugherty

Girls basketball practices in the gym in preparation for the upcoming matchup.

Drew Doig, Staff Writer

After a decisive 79-11 victory over South Garland to begin the season, the girls basketball team (1-0) will travel to Frisco to take on Wakeland (0-0) tonight at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the Leopards’ first road game of the year as well as Wakeland’s first game of the regular season.

“Wakeland always has a competitive and athletic team, and we are expecting a much tougher test than we had in our first game,” head coach Lance Boxell said. “We know we will need to have good focus and be able to execute on both ends of the floor to have a chance to win.”

The Leopards beat Wakeland last year, 59-30, and will look to replicate that success again tonight.

“In practice this week we have been preparing for Wakeland by altering our defense and working on more plays,” senior Ireland Miller said.

As the team enters this season with a relatively young team, Boxell said these early non-district games will help them for future tests in district play.

“We have four returning varsity players from last year’s team as well as a very talented group of players that played on our JV Black team that were co-district champs,” Boxell said. “I am confident that we have the pieces we need to have a successful season.”

Boxell said he was pleased with last week’s victory to open up the season.

“South Garland was a good opponent for us to open up with considering most of our players were playing in their first varsity game, and I think we gained a lot of confidence as individuals and as a team,” Boxell said.

After the game against Wakeland, the team will host Creekview High School on Monday, Nov. 12.