It’s a new year with different expectations for the Crosby Lady Cougars basketball team this fall.

A season removed from an 18-17 mark that including a bi-district upset of District 21-5A champs Barbers Hill, the Lady Cougars may not return as much experience in the backcourt, but head coach Michelle Trotter has plenty of young talent at her disposal.

The season tips off 7 p.m. Friday against Clear Brook in Crosby.

“We have a great group of girls who are working hard and are fun to coach,” Trotter said. “Our strengths will be youth and willingness to learn. 

“Our weakness will also be our youth and inexperience.”

Crosby has seniors Taylor Stermon and Kaylynn Collins ready to be used upfront and provide interior scoring and big play on the boards.

Juniors Michaela Ray and Katie Harris are a guard-forward combination that should be able to provide a lift from outside and at the tin.

Sophomores Cortni Harris, Caitlin Harris and Sequoia Carroll  received some level of varsity experience a season ago and that could also provide some needed firepower as Trotter tries to build from the younger classes.

“Because of our power in the past teams expect us to be the same: We are not,” Trotter said. “But I believe by the end of the season we will be in the mix and people will be overlooking us.”

The Lady Cougars finished on an island in fourth in the crowded District 22-5A race, finishing 8-6 behind co-champions Goose Creek Memorial, Friendswood and Galveston Ball who all ended up 12-2. The next closest team to Crosby were Texas City and Santa Fe when both finished 5-9.

“Our goals for the season is to grow as a team, learn how to play the game together,” Trotter said. “We have to understand that who were are as a person is more important than who we are as a player. That the results we want come from our character on and off the court and trusting the process to get us where we want to go.” 

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