Harleton’s Varsity Basketball Ladycats Aim For The District Title

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Harleton’s Varsity Basketball Ladycats Aim For The District Title

Varsity Girls Basketball Team knows teamwork will be the difference.

Varsity Girls Basketball Team knows teamwork will be the difference.

Shanna Johnson

Varsity Girls Basketball Team knows teamwork will be the difference.

Shanna Johnson

Shanna Johnson

Varsity Girls Basketball Team knows teamwork will be the difference.

Ashtyn Hawk, staff writer

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Mobley and Johnson give credit to Coach C for pushing them to work hard day in and day out.

As the 2018-2019 basketball season starts, the Harleton varsity Ladycats are hopeful for a rewarding season. Coach Shanna Johnson, better known as Coach C, has been coaching for 18 years at Harleton and 28 years total.  She played ball at her high school, North Hopkins, as well as Kilgore College, and then she transferred to East Texas State University, which is now known as Texas A&M University at Commerce.

When it comes to winning this season, Coach C believes, “My expectation is always really high. I think we could be district champs if we decide to play.”

The size of the school went down from a 3A to a 2A after the district took the numbers of high school students last school year. This affected many parts of our school including what teams we play in district.

Coach C said, “I like it, I think 2A is where we need to be.”

For many of the girls, Coach C isn’t just a coach, but she is a second mother.

For Ashanti Johnson, her mom is not just her mom, but is also her coach.

“My mom has taught me so many different things, but one main one is to never give up. Whether it’s on the court or in life, with everything she’s been through, she’s taught me what faith looks like, and she’s taught me that giving up is never an option.”

One of the starting five, junior, Tyler Mobley was just awarded player of the week.

Mobley said, “I was really shocked when I got player of the week because there are a lot of talented girls in east Texas. To be pointed out and recognized was an honor.”

Coach C said, “I think that that was an awesome award. I think of all the hard work these kids put in, we were finally recognized. I think it shows the others if I get out and work hard, this is something I can accomplish also.”

When describing her team, Coach C said, “Family. Love. and Togetherness.”