Lady Vikes hit the hardwood

Freshman Alaina Karlsberger practices free throws.

Photo by Wendy Howell.

Freshman Alaina Karlsberger practices free throws.

WILLIAMS, Ariz. —

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Meagan Ford brings the ball down the court during a scrimmage.

The Lady Vikes basketball team jumped into the 2016-2017 season Nov. 7.

The Vikings are coming off a difficult 2015-2016 season where they posted a 3-21 record, The Lady Vikes were 14-12 during the 2014-2015.

The Vikings are led by first year coach Alyssa Dennison, who also coached the junior varsity volleyball team this year.

Dennison said the Lady Vikes basketball team has 14 members with eight freshmen.

“This will be a building year and we just want to make it consistent for them,” Dennison said.

The team has two juniors, four sophomores and no seniors this year.

“I’ve had a lot of these girls since volleyball and they are excited,” Dennison said. “They want to play, they want to be competitive.”

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Jasmine Misae works on her shots.

Dennison said although the girls are young, they are very fast. She said that may be the key to their offense this year.

Dennison said she believes the girls will have a good season and hopes to build up the program.

“I think there for a while it wasn’t very athletic,” Dennison said.

Dennison said this year’s freshmen have reaped the benefits of a good middle school program. She said the girls have good fundamentals .

“We are teaching them new drills and letting them know what to expect from us,” she said. “And they know what we expect from them.”

Dennison said she is excited to see how the girls play this season. She said the girls have played hard in the first few weeks of practice.

“I’m very excited to be here and help them out,” she said.

The Lady Vikes had a scrimmage in Camp Verde Nov. 18 and have their first game against Mingus Mountain Nov. 22.

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