Lady Mountain Lions aim for playoff run now and in future

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Mountain Ridge High School

The 2018 Mountain Ridge girls basketball teams is focused on a return to the playoffs and building for a strong future.
 

l team finished with a losing record for the fourth straight season, changes were made from the top with Jaime Carreon taking over her 39th team in 19 years in the West Valley.
“This is my first year at Mountain Ridge and I am excited about the opportunity,” Carreon said. “I hope to give the girls the best possible basketball experience this season.”
The Mountain Lions lost three girls to graduation and return nine players to a squad that won only nine games last season. They have started the new season winning six of their first nine games after dropping five of their first six to open last year.
“We have a great group of girls this year and they really seem to get along really well,” Carreon said. “We have some uncertainty in the past, so to be able to put some consistency in place will be crucial for us this season.”
Leading scorer Jordan Kress returns after averaging 13.8 points a game and 6.6 rebounds last season. Savannah Glimpse also returns after averaging 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.
“We have six seniors who have really done a good job of leading this team early on,” Carreon said, “along with some young girls that can come in and make a difference this season.”
Newcomers senior Alexandrina Dick, sophomore Arielle Parker and freshman Kylie Dennis join a squad that gained playing experience last season. Juniors Sheana Koshaba and Jordan Miano played last season and will be counted on off the bench this year.
Carreon said the team has expectations of making the playoffs this season and building toward a strong future for the program.
“Our expectation is to make the state tournament and set a standard of doing it consistently,” Carreon said. “High school basketball is about the student athlete, and the opportunity it provides. It should be able to create a good atmosphere that these kids can look back on with pride.”
She added that communication will be the key to her team’s growth during the season.
“The girls need to play as a group of five on the court, with constant communication, discipline and a defensive focus,” Carreon said. “It will be a successful season for us if the girls enjoyed themselves, and grew as people. We mainly want them to be proud of what they did here.”
Playing in the 6A Desert Valley, the Mountain Lions face a tough task against some of the top teams in the state, including Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, Phoenix Pinnacle and Phoenix Chaparral. But if they can improve over the first few months, they can make a run at the playoffs this season.

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