The Satanta Lady Indians basketball program has their work cut out for them as the 2011 season approaches on Friday night.


The Satanta Lady Indians basketball program has their work cut out for them as the 2011 season approaches on Friday night.
     They graduated the bulk of their talent from last year's 18-4 team, which included 80% of their scoring offense from a season ago.
     Two players who moved on from last year's squad and are now playing college ball include Kelsey Blair and Aubree Young, both of whom averaged 14 points per game and were named to the Hi-Plains League first team. Also graduated were Minerba Gonzalez and Stephanie Caro, who combined to score 17 points per contest for a team that was sub-state runners up and 7-2 in the HPL.
     Sixth-year head coach Mark Heater is going to be forced to put in some serious work early, thanks to the cancellation of their summer basketball program due to low numbers.
     "Due to lack of numbers and injuries, Satanta did not have a summer basketball team," Heater said, "Because of this, I think we will be trying to find an identity early in the season, especially on the offensive end. Defensively, we want to continue to apply pressure on the basketball at all times. If we can get after it on the defensive end of the floor then we should be successful."
     Returning for the Indians are letter winners Allee Young (seven points and five rebounds per game), Kristy Blair, Veronica Longoria and Megan Long. Young is expected to shoulder most of the load as the main cog in the Satanta offense.
     "Allee is good with her back to the basket inside and can also step out and hit a 15-foot jumper," Heater said. "Allee had really stepped up her leadership as well. Kristy is good at putting the ball on the floor and creating offense and gives us great energy on defense."
     This season, the Indians will line up with only nine girls on the team, which will mean an increased workload for every player, regardless of team role.
     Satanta will kick off their season on Friday against South Gray at home, which Heater says he and his team are looking forward to in order to establish who they are as a team.
     "Practice is off to a great start, the girls are working hard and picking up on our philosophies quickly," Heater said. "Even though we are replacing 4 starters, these girls have been in the same system for years and are eager to compete. I’m looking forward to the first game to see what we have this year at Satanta."