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2011-11-09 / Sports

2A Coach of the Year to lead McMullen County

By Eric Smith
Express Sports Editor

The McMullen County Cowgirls will have a new leader this season on the basketball court who is no stranger to a winning tradition. Coming off a 2010- 2011 District Championship, the Cowgirls will set their goals high as they will pursue another title.

Coach Tony Taylor has arrived, to lead the Cowgirls this season. Coach Taylor who has been a head coach for 23 years, is excited to take the reigns at McMullen County, a school which has a rich history of athletic success in sports they take part in. Taylor led the 2010-2011 San Saba Lady Armadillos to the 2A State Tournament last season, as he was named the 2A Coach of the Year. San Saba fell to eventual state champion Brock 37-32 in the State Semi-Finals.

Who is back for McMullen County? The Cowgirls will return plenty of lettermen from last years district title team. Returnees include: Mamie Shelton Sr.-Guard, Allison Donnell- Sr.-Guard, Destinne Thomas-Jr.- Post, Jasmyn Smith-Jr.-Guard, Heather Gillen-Soph.-Post, Lidia McBee-Sr.-Guard.

Other players to watch- Danielle Dawson-Soph.-Post, Anna Castren-Sr.-Guard, Hailey Ruiz- Fresh.-Guard and Mariah Mesa- Fresh-Guard.

Looking Forward- Coach Taylor will be implementing a new system this season.

“Our strength early on is going to be experience and team chemistry. If there is a weakness, it will be implementing our new system,” stated Coach Taylor. According to Taylor, he will be running a “Hi/Low” offense and man-to-man defense.

One thing that will also hold the Cowgirls back early, will be transition from volleyball to basketball. The Cowgirls have had less than a week of basketball practice, due to volleyball playoffs.

Last season, the Cowgirls were able to finish their season with a 21-10 overall record and a 10-0 district record.

Schedule Outlook- The Cowgirls were not able to compete in any scrimmages, due to the volleyball playoffs.

McMullen County will tip off their 2011-2012 season on Friday, November 11th at home against Pettus with a 5: 00 p.m. tip-off. Other non-district games include dates with: Three Rivers, Victoria Christian, Three Rivers, Charlotte, Falls City, Faith Academy-Victoria, Charlotte, Aransas Pass, Kenedy and Victoria Christian.

The Cowgirls will compete in their home tournament as well as the George West Varsity Tournament.

District competition once again will be against San Isidro, Bruni, San Perlita, C.C. Prep and Lasara.

It will be interesting to see how Coach Taylor’s game plan can help cultivate a program that is coming off a district championship. One thing is for sure, the Cowgirls have set their goals high again and a district title is just the start of what is expected this season.

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