NORTH PLATTE, NEB. (KNOP)- Things feel a little different this year compared to last year at this time for the North Platte Girl's basketball team and it's a good sign.
North Platte Girl's Basketball gets ready for a season that has higher expectations than in years past. (Credit: Patrick Johnston/KNOP-TV)
A year ago, they were just getting introduced to Head Coach Tyson Hammond, who was in his first season with the team. "I feel like we're going to be a lot more comfortable this year since we've already played a couple years together", said Junior Gracie Haneborg.
The Bulldogs posted a record of 12-10 last season, which raises their expectations this year. High expectations haven't surrounded the North Platte Girls Basketball team for a while and Tyson Hammond thinks that's a sign that things are going well. "Last year we got off to a good start and going in the right direction, we feel like we have a pretty high chance to be successful", said Hammond.
The Bulldogs have a tougher schedule this season and will face several Class B opponents. Despite that difficulties that presents, Senior Callie Hanneborg thinks it will help the team. "I think it will be a confidence booster for us, just playing competitive games against teams that could help us win our districts."
The Bulldogs lack some height this year but Junior, Abby Orr, who stands at over six feet tall, is ready to take on the role with Freshman Carly Purdy, another player who has some height advantage. "We need to be aggressive and just telling Carly it's going to be okay and to relax, the whole team has her back," said Orr.
The Bulldogs season starts Thursday night against Sterling, CO. in the Scottsbluff jamboree.