Enis ready to see what Lady Elks can achieve
There was a point a few months ago when Burleson girls basketball coach Curtis Enis wondered if his team was going to turn things around and get ready for the season.
“It really hadn’t shown in those first few months,” Enis said. “We were still turning the ball over and weren’t focused on defense.”
Then about a week before volleyball season was over something kicked in and all the sudden Enis saw different kids and more focus.
“We started looking like a team and acting like a team,” Enis said. “We were communicated on defense.”
Things are starting to look up for the Lady Elks and Enis has set some goals for the season. The goals of 16 overall win and eight District 9-5A victories. Considering that last season Burleson went 3-30 and 1-13 in 8-5A, the goals realistic.
“We know we aren’t the team that is going to fight for the district title,” Enis said. “Our kids have bought into what we are trying to do and are working hard. Just try to make the playoffs and build from there.”
The Lady Elks opened the season Tuesday night with a 52-33 win overFort Worth Paschal. Burleson hosts Fort Worth Nolan Catholic Friday at plays Tuesday at Mansfield Lake Ridge.
“I have been pleased with the way the kids that are coming back are playing and the junior varsity kids are starting to pick things up,” Enis said. “We have six guards and five post players that I feel really good about.”
Enis expects junior Carlen Payne to be ready to start at point guard Friday. Payne suffered and injured during Saturday’s scrimmage with Paradise. Starting at the other guard spots will be senior Sasha Schoenborn and junior Kirstie Gonterman. Juniors Jailah Ivory and Sarah Reid, who like Gonterman just came over from volleyball, will start at forward and post respectively.
A surprise addition from volleyball is 6-foot senior Baliegh Myers, who decided to play. Enis said Myers, who will play forward/post, “just plays hard and is having fun out there which is good for the team.”
Also seeing playing time at guard will be seniors Emily Holmes and Delayne Copeland, junior Raygan Norwood and sophomores Raqual Jacobo and Caitlyn Kirkland.
Bringing depth in the paint will be juniors Jessica Wager and DeShauna Kennerson and sophomores Maddie Bell and Lexi Parr.
“I feel really good about how our kids are coming together and we will be better than we were last year,” Enis said. “I was really worried about us being a selfish basketball team and not sharing the basketball. They are starting to cheer for each other when people make a shot. I think we have made the turn to playing more team basketball.”