2017-18 Questa Lady Cats pre-season preview

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Questa Lady Cats Basketball at a glance

Colors: Royal blue, white

Coach: Steve Rael (1st year)

2016 overall record: 2-20

District 5-2A record:0-8

District 5-2A teams: Peñasco Lady Panthers, Escalante Lady Lobos, Mesa Vista Lady Trojans, Mora Rangerettes, Questa Lady Cats.

Key players

Questa Lady Cat’s current roster:

AnnaMarie Sánchez, senior; Larissa Passino, senior; Marisa Vialpando, senior;Laura Mascareñas, senior; Alexis Padilla, junior; Arianna Ortega, sophomore; Raven Cisneros, sophomore; Kiana Passino, sophomore; Anastacia Gonzales,sophomore; Christina Cisneros,sophomore; Cherise Trujillo,sophomore; Sasha Martínez,sophomore.

2017 Outlook:

Under the guidance of first-year coach Steve Rael, the Lady Cats will need to improve on many aspects of their game – and build on last year’s lessons and growth. High on Rael’s list should be finding ways to surpass last year’s scoring totals. In the fast-paced world of 2A basketball, shot attempts and points-per-game are key and ultimately effect game results and winning seasons. Questa will need to find ways to generate points and reverse the trend from last year which saw the Lady Cats score 756 total points during the 2016-17 season. Their 34.4 points-per-game average was the sixth worst in class 2A.

The Lady Cats basketball team is coming off a strong volleyball season that resulted in an invite to the state tournament. If the basketball team can ride the wave of momentum created by the late fall season surge, Questa could be a surprise team throughout the regular season and beyond.

2017 Lady Cats basketball schedule

Bold - denotes home meet.

* - denotes district 5-2A game

(All home games to be take place at “The Mini-Pit” in Questa)

•Nov. 14, at McCurdy, 5 p.m.

•Nov. 18, at Cimarron, 5 p.m. •Nov. 21, at Santa Fe Prep, 5 p.m.

•Nov. 25, at Springer, 5 p.m.

•Nov. 28, Dulce, 5 p.m.

•Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at SFIS Tourney, T.B.A.

•Dec. 4, Santa Fe Indian School, 5 p.m.

•Dec. 5-9, Cowbell Tourney, T.B.A.

•Jan. 2, Springer, 5:30 p.m.

•Jan. 3, Taos, 7 p.m.

•Jan. 4-6, NRG Tournament, T.B.A.

•Jan. 13, at Antonito (Colo.), 5 p.m.

•Jan. 18, Escalante, 7 p.m.*

•Jan. 20, Mora, 4 p.m.*

•Jan. 25, at Mesa Vista, 6 p.m.*

•Feb. 1, Peñasco, 6:30 p.m.*

•Feb 3, at Escalante, 4 p.m.*

•Feb. 5, Cimarrón, 7 p.m.

•Feb. 8, at Mora, 6:30 p.m.*

•Feb. 10, Mesa Vista, 2 p.m.*

•Feb. 17, at Peñasco, 4 p.m.*

Schedule game dates, times, opponents and locations are subject to changes, updates, postponements, delays and cancellations.

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