EL DORADO — Union Mine High girls basketball coach Chris Del Rio feels her Diamondbacks will improve as the season gets underway.
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Five returning players highlight this year’s squad: Trisha Tolbert, Kinsey Del Rio, Savannah Scott, Yvonne Taylor and Stephanie Preacher. The quintet was part of last year’s team that made the playoffs.
“We expect those five to be key players,” Chris Del Rio said.
Tolbert, standing at 5-foot-11, is expected to lead the front court.
“She brings a calm and maturity to the team,” Del Rio said. “She, also, can run the point for us.”
Moving up to varsity is Jordyn Trulli, Courtney Bruno, Hannah Bird, Yvonne Taylor, Katie Parker, Yvonne Taylor and Katie Vick.
“I think our big thing for this year will have to bring the maturity level up faster. We have the talent and the athletes on the team,” Del Rio said.
Against Cordova at the Snake Pit Wednesday, the Lady D’backs lost a close but turnover-plagued game to the Lancers, 34-32. Bruno was the leading scorer with 10 points for Union Mine (0-1) and Kelsey Del Rio followed with seven; Bird, four, Scott, three; and Preacher, Parker, Taylor and Lishman, two each.
“We play them almost every year (in nonleague) because we match with them very well,” Del Rio said. “It always seems to be a good rivalry.”
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