By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Tigerette basketball team may not advance past District this year, but they ended their season on a positive note with a 50-19 victory over the Roosevelt Lady Eagles Tuesday (Feb. 11).
Coach Tiffany Potts said while she was disappointed their journey didn’t last longer, she was proud of how the girls played this season.
“(We) just went out with a really good team effort,” she said. “All the kids played really well together and just got a good wind and ended off the season.”
The team finished 24-10 overall for the season, going 6-8 in District.
“All of our losses are to Top 10 ranked teams in the State of Texas,” Potts added.
“We just caught some rough breaks during District and the season ended a little bit short, but overall I’m really, proud of these kids for coming out, playing hard, playing well together and committing to the entire program and entire picture that we were trying to create.”
In the team’s last game of the season, top scorer was Kamryn Gibbs, who scored 15 points. Other scorers were Andrea Moreno with nine, TK Robinson and Kayli McCord with six each, Payton Potts with five, Zanady Coronado with four, Mary Jo Parker with three and Justyne Zapata with two.
Also on the team this season were Zari Naylor, Jazmyn Jackson and Kaylee Franklin.
Potts also complimented the seniors on her team this year for their hard work.
Playing their last game as a Slaton Tigerette in basketball and graduating this year are Naylor, Coronado, McCord, Gibbs, Jackson, Robinson and Franklin.
“What a great senior class. I got to coach them for three years and they just bought into everything that we wanted to do,” she said. “One thing you never had to question was they were going to come to practice in the game every day and play hard.
“What a legacy they’ve left behind and what a help they helped us lay a foundation for years to come.”
Potts said she was also blessed to have support from the High School as well.
She was promoted to principal earlier this year as well when former Principal Shaye Murphy announced his resignation.
“It’s been fantastic. I’m really blessed,” she said. “I’ve gotten really great teams on both sides. I’ve got a great group of assistant coaches that helped out in the basketball realm and then I’ve got a great group of assistant principals that helped me out in the office.”
Potts said it even went beyond the school. “It’s just what Slaton’s about – we’re a team,” she added. “We do things together and that’s all the way this thing works.”