The Minden High Lady Tiders recently began their 2011-12 basketball season, a season that will look quite different from the last two years.
"I have one returning starter from last year's team, senior Miranda Fisher," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "As a junior, she averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game and earned All-District honors. She will be an important part of our team this year."
Brown is also looking to a couple of other seniors to provide leadership for his young team.
"Rachel Shine and Sequoa Richard are our two other senior leaders," he said. "They each will be important for our team to have success. Rachel saw valuable playing experience last year as a junior and will looked upon to be a defensive stopper as well as contribute offensively. Sequoa will play her second year of varsity basketball and is expected to be a productive player."
Most of the rest of the team will be made up from newcomers.
"This team has seven sophomores, so there are lots of new faces that I think will be impact or role players for this team," Brown said. " Metosha Gill, Mariah Washington, and Antavia Sterling all sophomores are projected to be in the starting line-up with seniors Rachel Shine and Miranda Fisher. Tyia Green, Ja'Courtney Neloms, Tiuanna Rogers, and Shabrie Nelson will also be called upon to be consistant performers this year."
After two straight playoff appearances,Brown expects nothing less this year.
"We want to continue to take the program to another level," he said. "I told this group of young ladies back in the spring that players may change, but our expectations do not. This team made a commitment in the spring and summer to stay in the gym and improve as a unit. I challenged this team to put in extra work, trust one another, and to set goals that they all could work together to accomplish."
Brown said his team met those challenges during the off-season.
"Throughout summer league games and preseason workouts I really like how this team has developed as well as how they play together," he said. "That will be a key to our success, especially when you lose six seniors and two of them averaged 15 + points a game. I would like to see this team get out of the gates quick and experience some success and gain confidence. This group has really worked hard and are determined to have a successful season. It is a long season and I think they will continue to improve and by December this team will be battle tested and ready to go by the time district rolls around in January."
Brown hopes the community will come out and support both Minden High basketball teams.
"I would like to encourage our community to come out and support the boys and girls basketball programs throughout the basketball season," he said. " I know that both teams are excited about the upcoming season and want the community to be a part of our success. These teams will compete and play hard to represent this city and school on a regular basis."
The Lady Tiders' next game will be next Tuesday at Lakeside.