CHICKASHA – Looking ahead into her second season with the Drovers, head coach Jennifer Hayden said the women’s basketball team’s goal each game is simple: put themselves in a position to win.
The Drovers have two contests under their belts, and Hayden saw great improvement from the beginning of the first to the end of the second.
“We started out decent. We did one of the things we wanted to do, which was to put ourselves in a position to win our first game. Unfortunately, it kind of came down to free throw shooting,” she said. “Otherwise, we did the things we needed to do, corrected some of those and came back the next night and played much better.”
Hayden said she will be looking to her seniors, Paige Pulliam, Ndeye Ngom, Rashelle Carr and Amber Chaney, to bring experience and maturity to the team.
“We will be looking toward them more, certainly for their leadership,” Hayden said. “They’ve been through it before; they’ve done it before. They know what to expect from our conference and from the game.”
The Drovers were picked to finish eighth in the Sooner Athletic Conference heading into the season, according to preseason coaches polls.
“We don’t really play a lot of attention to it. That is a preseason ranking. There’s been a lot of change in the conference,” she said. “We play in an unbelievable conference — great competition every night. No easy games. The teams they added are certainly not going to be easy games.”
The Drovers spend their first month of ball on the road, with their home opener actually doubling as their conference opener. They take on conference rival Oklahoma Baptist beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5.
Drover fans can watch the interview with Coach Jennifer Hayden at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday on local Channel 18.