By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 TRINITY – The Trinity Lady Tigers are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 season and with four returning players and five girls moving up from the junior varsity squad, the Lady Tigers may have the right combination to find themselves in the playoff mix by the end of the district season.

Coach Haleigh Blount said by the time last season ended there were only six players on the JV team so they all got significant playing time before the move to varsity this year.

“There has been a lot of positivity,” the coach said when asked about the strength of the team. “The girls are really trying to build a positive culture with me. That hasn’t been something that was laid out here.”

She explained her players were learning “… not to pinpoint someone’s wrong-doing in a negative way. Rather than saying ‘Why’d you hit that ball?’ they’re starting to say ‘Maybe, you’re a little early.’ There is a nice, positive atmosphere. Last year, we had to learn how to cheer during a game.”

“This year,” Blount continued, “they’re going to the middle and cheering. They are encouraging one another. That will benefit us in the long run. The girls are also very coachable.”

As far as weaknesses, Blount said while they do have some returning players, inexperience at the high school level may factor into to the team’s success.

“Skills can be learned, but attitude and leadership traits are important,” she explained.

The Lady Tigers will compete in District 23-3A along with: the Anderson-Shiro Lady Owls; the Coldspring-Oakhurst Lady Trojans; the Harmony School of Discovery; the Hempstead Lady Bobcats; the New Waverly Lady Bulldogs; and the Onalaska Lady Wildcats.

Commenting on the district, Blount said the Lady Tigers “… look scrappy. I think teams will be surprised when we enter into the district season. We’re in the Leon Tournament and we play Leon the first day. We play Centerville and we also play Crawford.”

Players to watch this year include Lilly Sizemore and Tavia Craft.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.