Lady Bronchos overcome slow start

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

AFTER GRADY STARTED THE season 0-3, coach Missi Glover said she was worried about her young team.

“I thought this year might be rough,” Glover said.

After six consecutive wins, Grady is 6-3 and thinking about a district title.

Glover said her team is playing together, something they failed to do early on.

“We had an attitude change,” she said. “We had a little meeting, and a lot of running a practice.”

The present is looking bright for Grady, but maybe not as bright as their future.

The Lady Bronchos will lose only one senior after the season and have a dominating junior high team ready to feed the varsity squad.

“They are 12-0 this season, they haven’t lost a game,” Glover said. “They have dedicated parents and a winning attitude.”

DISTRICT PLAY WILL BE a bit unique for Melrose this year. They play four district games in a row at home, then finish the year with four on the road.

“I don’t like it,” coach Jason Lee said. “It’s tough to win four in a row on the road. I’d rather have them mixed in. Let’s say it’s close towards the end, I’d like to have a game or two at home.”

The Lady Buffs (7-3) start their four match home stand tonight against Floyd.

“It makes these games huge,” Lee said.

TEXICO COACH MIKE LITTLEJOHN said he is happy with his team’s 8-3 record, but thinks his girls still have to get better.

“We have to play more consistently if we want to beat good teams,” Littlejohn said. “Our biggest mistake is letting mistakes bother us. We’ve been giving up runs of four, five, six points at a time.”

Littlejohn said his team struggles when things start going south.

“It usually starts with a bad serve,” he said. “We miss a serve, then we let up a run. Not all of the girls let it get to them, but the ball usually finds someone who it does.”

The Texico coach said the wins and losses are less important than the quality of play.

“It’s not the three that bothers me,” he said. “It’s how we played in some of those eight.”