By Azia Branson –
The Texan and TexAnn basketball teams open the season tonight at Wisdom Gym and both are starting on top. Both teams have been very successful in the past and hope to live up to their expectations.
The Texan basketball team was picked to be first in the Lone Star Conference this season by only a mere 7 points over Midwestern State University.
The Texan basketball team has two significant starters returning for the next season including senior Brian Word from Baltimore, Maryland and junior Coleman Furst from Dennison, Texas.
On his expectation of seeing the team at the top of the Lone Star Conference Word says that even though the team lost some significant starters, he still expected them to be ranked at the top coming into the season.
The Texans finished the 2012 season 27-6 overall and were co-champions of the Lone Star Conference. The coaches and players are looking to have another strong season but with higher expectations.
“We have a lot of new and young guys that are very talented,” said Furst. “I think we can go as far as we want this year. We have all the talent to go all the way. So it’s just up to us.
“We have a lot of potential,” he said. “Our ceiling is high. We could be a real good team. We could be great.”
The TexAnns, coming off of Tarleton’s first ever Lone Star Conference Championship, have been picked to win the LSC in the preseason polls.
The TexAnns have no seniors this year but three talented juniors are returning — Peyton Adamson, Kiara Wright and Shanae Lowrance.
Adamson, a junior, was named MVP of the 2012 Lone Star Conference Tournament and this season has been named a preseason All-American honorable mention.
“It feels awesome,” she says. “Last year was a great season for us and most of the polls are based off of previous success and we had great success last year so were hoping just to build on that and start up a tradition of being at the top of the lone star conference.”
Adamson also said she’s excited about the team’s potential this year.
“I think its just a new team,” she explained. “We graduated a lot of great, great seniors last year so now we definitely have a new team and just to kinda find our team identity and just see what we can do with this group of girls is going to be really exciting.”
“A huge team goal of ours is to win the LSC,” she added. “Last year we were blessed enough to win the regular season and the conference tournament so were hoping to repeat that.”
The TexAnns are looking to repeat another Conference Championship and the Texans are looking to take back the Lone Star Conference this season. Both begin their seasons with home openers on Monday, November 12 at Wisdom Gym. The TexAnns will tip-off against Texas Wesleyan at 6 p.m. and the Texans against Southwestern Assemblies of God at 8 p.m.
“I can’t wait,” Word said about the first home game of the season. “Just the crowd, the band, the Plowboys, my teammates getting up, my coaches just being on us, just everything. It’s a good feeling, good atmosphere.”
Adamson says she’s looking forward to seeing the gym filled with fans.
“We always say we have the best fans in the LSC,” she said. “There’s nothing like running out into a sea of purple before the game, we are so thankful and so blessed to have the fans that we have and there’s definitely nothing like a Tarleton home basketball game.”