Senior guard Gabby Cantu is one of four seniors new GCM head coach Briceida Razo can count on this winter.

It’s a whole new ball game when it comes to Goose Creek Memorial girls basketball.

After three years under Darcie Moore where she built GCM from 13-18 to 27-9 and an area round appearance in last years playoffs, the Lady Patriots are now under the tutelage of Briceida Razo, a former assistant at Galena Park. Moore took the head coaching position at Magnolia High School.

GCM lost five seniors – including three who have continued their playing careers at the college level – but Razo will have two key returnees in guard Gabby Cantu and wing Alex Haymon to count on to lead a much younger roster

“I think we have a great group of girls who come in everyday and put in work,” Razo said. “We are scrappy we are going to work hard from tip off until the end of the ball game.”

Razo plans to run and gun behind a fast core of guards and perimeter-heavy players and that could add up to another postseason appearance.

“Our team goal is to finish in the top four in our district and make it to the play offs,” Razo said. “We all bring something to the table. I have several players that are very versatile and have taken on roles to put is in a position to succeed.”

GCM also can count on seniors Star Green and Indya Cooper to go along with classmates Cantu and Haymon, juniors Kortney Wright, Ayla Clark, Isis Edwards and Reahnna Roberts, sophomore Emani Babin and freshman Acacia Barnaba.

“Coach Razo has stepped in and I like her methods,” Haymon said. “She brings great energy and came here with a fresh, clear mind and judging everyone fairly.” 

Guard play will need to lead early after losing a bevy of interior players.

“We used to depend a lot on our size,” Cantu said. “We will get after it. We trained intensely over the offseason. We are a lot stronger and we don’t feel content with where we were.”

GCM hosts Clear Lake at 7 tonight to open the season.

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