Girls basketball preview: St. Pat's Irish

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- The St. Patrick's girls basketball team opens play on Friday, November 30 at home against Broken Bow.

The Irish only lost one senior from last years squad, which finished the season with a 21-4 record, and went to state for the second straight season.

This year, they hope to use their core of returning players they can have another successful season.

"Our expectation is just to work really hard in practice. It all starts with a good attitude, to have a really good mindset, and just push yourself to focus on each game, and to be ready every single practice, because it all starts in practice," said Kaleigh Kummer, a senior guard on the team.

Hayley Homan, a senior forward, shared a similar sentiment, and players build on each other to get better.

"We just all like to push each other and make everybody better, we don't just focus on the five starters, or just certain people. We all work together to make everyone better," Homan said.

Head coach Nathan Stienike said the team's strength is their unity and upperclassmen are going to lead this team.

"We come back with a lot of experience. We have five seniors out this year, they're great leaders and they've played a lot of ball for us. So, we've got a lot of expectations coming in this season and i think they're taking it well. They've practiced hard so far, so we're just ready to get to our first game," Stienike said.

Expectations are high for this team, but the players are not going to let that change their mindset coming into the season.

"Expectations are just the same as last year; just to work hard in everything that you do, support your teammates, and just get the job done when it's needed," Homan said.

"We've been to state the last two seasons, and a lot of it was because of the girls out on the floor this year. That's a long ways away, we just have to take it one game at a time right now, and one practice at a time," Stienike said.