The Winters Lady Blizzards basketball team kicked off its 2016-17 season on Tuesday, November 8, as they hosted the Gorman Lady Panthers.

The Winters Lady Blizzards basketball team kicked off its 2016-17 season on Tuesday, November 8, as they hosted the Gorman Lady Panthers. 

The JV played at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 5:30 p.m. Students in grades 1-6 who participated in the Lady Blizzards Big Sister/Little Sister Program will be introduced with their Big Sister before the Varsity game.             Winters comes off a season in which they notched seven wins, more than doubling their win total from the previous season and had huge upsets wins over playoff teams, Anson and Hawley. The Lady Blizzards will now compete in District 7-2A against Christoval, Eldorado, Forsan, Irion County, Miles and Ozona.  According to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, the Lady Blizzards are picked to place 4th in the district and end a four year playoff drought in the preseason polls.

            The Lady Blizzards return eight lettermen and four starters. Last year’s first team All-District selection, junior Aimee Green, returns and will be the point guard this year.  Green averaged eight points a game last year with a career high 26 points against Albany, in which she made six 3-pointers, thought to be a school record. Senior guard Christy Kruse and junior post Monique Carrillo, who both received Honorable Mention All-District honors, return to add an inside outside punch for the Lady Blizzards. Kruse averaged six points per game, while Carrillo averaged eight points and eight rebounds per game. Other returners are seniors--guards K’Lee Lindley and Justine Alvarado and juniors—posts Megan Jacob and Micaiela Ochoa and guard Cha Cha Lovelace.  Added to this year’s team are more juniors—posts Brooklynn Anderson and Baily Knight, and guard Brenna Knight; and freshman post Karlee Busher.

            “We’ve got a well-rounded bunch,” said Lady Blizzards Coach Val Acree. “We’ve got ball handlers, some shooters, and some posts who can score inside. Our biggest asset is going to be our team speed. We are not very big, so we have to use our speed to our advantage. We plan on doing a lot of pressing and trying to wear teams out. I also think having the same coach for a second year will be a plus. The girls know more what I expect and what I want. I know this bunch wants to win and I’m hoping we’ll continue to work hard and break our current playoff drought. I think we are going to be a lot of fun to watch this year, so hopefully we’ll have good fan turnout at our games!” The JV played at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 5:30 p.m. Students in grades 1-6 who participated in the Lady Blizzards Big Sister/Little Sister Program were introduced with their Big Sister before the varsity game.   Coach Val Acree contributed to this report.