By TONY EIERDAM
With an new coach in place for the third time in three seasons, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams basketball team will open the 2013-14 season at 6:30 p.m. today at home against the Vernon Lady Lions.
But the new coach is really “the old coach” to most of the current Lady Rams. Leslie Holman, who coached most of the current MWHS varsity girls in junior high school, was hired as the Lady Rams’ top hoops boss over the summer.
She said she is excited to begin her first varsity head coaching job since she was the head coach at Jacksboro before coming to MWISD.
“I am extremely excited about the upcoming basketball season and anxiously await the season opener,” she said. “We have a challenging pre-season schedule and I feel it will get us adequately prepared for District 6-3A play in January.”
The Lady Rams have played two scrimmages without a full squad. Many of the Lady Rams played volleyball, and that season did not end until last Tuesday in the playoffs.
“We have had two scrimmages to date, both without a full squad on my varsity due to volleyball and cross country,” Holman said. “Everyone is back for the most part, however there is still a couple under doctor’s care. I am looking forward to seeing how we look as a whole group (on Tuesday).
“We scrimmaged Tolar on Oct. 31 and were pretty evenly matched. We played within a comfort zone and didn’t really have to put out extra effort to play them even.
“It was a good first outing for the most part, but it was pretty much just a mediocre performance and I don’t like to settle for mediocrity.”
Holman said the teams picked up the pace in the second scrimmage.