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Humble building new culture in coach Gaines’ 2nd year

December 17, 2018

Humble head coach Jessica Gaines laid the foundation for the Humble girls basketball program in her first season last year.

Gains wanted to make sure that the Lady Wildcats bought into her culture to become a great basketball program with a winning tradition.

The Lady Wildcats followed in Gaines’ direction.

“They definitely trusted the process,” Gains said. “They have done a good job of sticking together. They’re always watching game film and they bought in to what we’re trying to do here. Everything we have asked them to do they have done.”

Senior Melanie Wenkebach can tell the difference between this years team and from last years team.

“We didn’t play as a team last year,” Wenkebach said. “We had a new coach and they wanted us to do things their way and we followed. This year it’s totally different, everybody’s on the same page and we’re playing for each other this year. We have grown a lot.”

Gaines hasn’t had to do too much teaching this year.

“Year two has been great so far and we’re able to build on somethings that we did last year,” Gaines said. “We get a lot more done in practice this year and put stuff in. Last year, we were doing a lot of teaching. The girls work hard and give 100 percent.”

Humble is off to a good start with three District 22-6A wins so far this season.

The Lady Wildcats didn’t make the playoffs last season and want to make sure they focus on their opponent every week.

“We don’t look to far ahead,” Gaines said. “We take it one game at a time and that’s what we have taught the girls. You never know who’s going to win on any given night. You might look at a team on paper and they might be better, but you still have to play the game.”

Wenkebach said the Lady Wildcats’ chemistry has improved this season on and off the court.

“I think we’re playing good right now compared to last year,” Wenkebach said. “We went into every district game playing for ourselves. We had a tough district last year. Everyone works hard whether it’s in practice or in the game.”

Last season, Humble was in a district that included Crosby, Barbers Hill, Kingwood Park and Dayton.

Now, the Lady Wildcats are in District 22-6A that includes Summer Creek, Atascocita, Kingwood and the Pasadena ISD schools after realignment was announced back in February.

“Last year we had a really tough district,” Gaines said. “Every night we had to play our best game. Now, we’re playing with Atascocita, Kingwood and Summer Creek who all have great programs. We had a tough non-district schedule.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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