“We’re throwing a whole new system at them and we want them to play basketball from the shoulders up. They’ve adjusted well and taken to waht we’re trying to implement. They need experience and that will come.”
The Kings travel to Rossville tonight to open the season.
The Kings don’t have a JV team ready yet with all required practices in and Burnett is hoping to have one ready by the end of next week.
“Our numbers are really down. It’s my first year and it can only go up from here,” she said. “The first year is rough. We have to make it work. Next year we’ll build on it and the next year we’ll build on it some more. We have to deal with issues one at a time.”
The Comets have five seniors back from last year’s team that went 13-10, their best season in 16 years.
Their leading returning scorers are point guard Marli Leazenby and forward Anna Brown, who both averaged 8 ppg a year ago. They also return post Mickayla Rans, the leading returning rebounder at 5.5 per contest. Also back is guard Tierney Rentschler, who looks to share some time at the point with Leazenby, and the versatile Katie Henry.
They also return junior Sarah Holt, who started last season and is one of the team’s top defenders. Junior Madison Taylor and sophomore Jaycee Denton will also see time at guard.
“Obviously we have a group for the most part that has been around our system for two or three years and have experience playing with each other. Hopefully it pays dividends,” Caston coach Carl Davis said.
The Comets do have to replace foreign exchage student Ingrid Martinez of Mexico. She led the team with 11 ppg and 7 rpg a year ago.