The Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs have already started their season strong with two wins under their belt, and coach Whitney Lewis has no plans to take it easy.
“Our goal right now is to be better than we were the game before,” she said. “Basketball is such a long season, and we realize we have a lot of work ahead of us. We want to play to our potential, and we are working every day in practice and each game to make sure we reach that potential.”
Lewis said success from previous years doesn’t mean success in the future — the Lady Mustangs will have to earn it this year as much as they did last year.
“Last year was an amazing season,” Lewis said, “but this year starts with a clean slate. We don’t earn anything from what we accomplished last year, but we are looking to reach the same amount of success and beyond. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Lewis said setting goals is a key part of the process.
“We always have goals for the season, and we want to be sure to reach those goals,” she said. “Right now, we’re focused on getting better as team and making sure we are comfortable on the floor together. We know that we can do great things and look forward to working on that level.”
Lewis said the team is working hard to jell together and make their movements fluid. If they can do that, Lewis said, the Mustangs have potential to be very competitive.
“We want to be the best team on the floor every night,” Lewis said. “We may not always do everything right, but at the end of the day, we always want to be the team that plays harder and outhustles the opponent. That, in and of itself, makes up a lot.”
Lewis said she’s confident her team’s talent and hunger for winning will make all the difference.
“We have a tremendous amount of talent on this team,” Lewis said. “Not only talent, but our girls know what it is like to be successful. They taste it, and they have a desire and want for success. That competitive fire will lead us to a lot of success.”
David Wright is the sports editor for The Times-Gazette. He can be reached at 937-402-2570.