Kingwood looks to make playoffs in new district
Anna Chong is the only returning starter for the Kingwood girls’ basketball team.
The senior guard is looking to take a leadership role this season for the Lady Mustangs to help them make the playoffs after finishing fifth in district last season in District 21-6A and narrowly missing a chance at the postseason. The top four finishers in district play make the postseason
This season is all about making it to the playoffs.
“It’s definitely a big goal this year since I’m a senior,” said Chong, a three-year starter. “We’re still a work in progress, but we’re getting better with practice and in games. All we have to do is to continue to work hard in practice and become more of a team. We want to make the playoffs this year after not making it last year.”
Kingwood (4-9, 1-1) picked up its first district win of the season after defeating Sam Rayburn 39-23 on Tuesday night at Texans gym.
The Lady Mustangs opened District 22-6A play with a loss to Atascocita, but learned a lot about themselves against the Lady Eagles.
“It was a really big boost of confidence for us to get a win after coming up short against Atascocita,” said senior guard Kayla Zettlemoyer. “That was a rough game against Atascocita, but we played good in that game. As a senior I just want to make sure to keep everyone’s confidence up. We work well as a team and if we play like a team we will win games this year.”
Chong, who was named a captain this season, had nerves about being a leader in the beginning of the season.
“There was some pressure at the beginning of the season, but I don’t feel it anymore,” Chong said. “What I learned from the seniors in the past was to definitely to be more vocal on and off the court. We just have to get better as the season goes on if we want to be successful.”
Kingwood head coach Laura Vote believes the Lady Mustangs win over the Lady Texans is just what they needed to get a winning streak started.
“We had a tough loss against Atascocita to open district, but to get a road district win was a big confidence boost for us,” Vote said. “We started off the game a little slow against Sam Rayburn, but in the second half is where we looked like a complete team. We capitalized on their turnovers, got offensive rebounds and controlled the pace to play our game.”
With only one starter back, Vote knew it would take some time for the Lady Mustangs to find their rhythm.
“We took our preseason schedule as a time to get to learn about our team,” Vote said. “We only had one returning starter and we knew it was going to take some time for us to get going. We only played in two tournaments in the preseason, but we were able to play a lot of games to figure out who works where on our team.”
The Lady Mustangs are playing in District 22-6A, which includes the Class 6A Humble ISD schools and the Pasadena ISD schools.
Vote can tell that this season is going to be tough every night on the hardwood.
“I think it’s going to be a competitive district,” Vote said. “It’s a big district and it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really competitive to get one of those four spots.”