There’s been high expectations for the Lewistown girls basketball team this season, and they have passed with flying colors. The Indians are 24-1 to start the year.
“I think we’ve had a really successful season so far,” Lewistown junior Sydney Shaeffer said. “Coach Bennett has put some tough teams on our schedule and I think we have been stepping up and knocking them down.”
That schedule has been menacing, with games against teams from class 1A, 2A and even 3A. It’s a great way to be battle tested for the postseason.
“It’s not like football where you have to have a certain amount of wins to make the playoffs,” Lewistown head coach Greg Bennett said. “We have made the playoffs, so we may as well play as tough a schedule as possible to put ourselves in a position to compete in the second season.”
Lewistown gets the job done on both ends of the court. Defensively they allow less than 38 points per game, and they trive on offense by passing up good shots for even better shots.
“Our defense is a big part of our game, and stepping up, knocking down our shots,” Shaeffer said. “It’s a lot of fun to be a part of it. Get the steals, layups off the press.”
The Indians were one game away from State last season when they lost in the Elite 8. They are motivated to make it atleast one game further this year.
“We do want to try as hard as we can to get as far as we can. Not garaunteeing anything,” Shaeffer said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can to make it as far as we can.”
“We do have high expectations, we want to make ourselves as hard of an out as we can be,” Bennett said. “If you keep working hard, and you keep the right attitude, I do think we are going to be a very tough out come playoff time.”