By Daniel Dullum
While Imagine Prep-Superstition girls basketball goes through the growing pains that accompany a first-year varsity program, there are signs of encouragement. Like the Lady Panthers’ 22-16 victory on Jan. 9 over ASU Poly Prep.
Two days later, IPS battled, but dropped a 29-21 decision to Heritage-Mesa. Miracle Drane was the Lady Panthers’ top scorer against ASU Poly Prep with 10 points. Trinity Ellis also led IPS with 10 points against Heritage.
“We’re in a position where we’re just trying to come together and learn our system and do the right things to win games, and get ourselves into a position to win games,” Lady Panthers Coach Nick Margot said. “Right now, I’m just looking for these girls to come out and give hustle and heart, and I’m happy with that right now.
“We’re building the foundation for our program, so we’re really laying the bricks for future years.”
So far, Margo says, the pieces are slowly falling together.
“They’re trying to do the system,” Margot said. “We tell them consistently that when we go out there, we’re going to do this thing until we do it right, no matter what the score is.
“That’s where we’re at right now. I’m not super sad about this loss, because I think the girls showed a lot of heart, and we’re going to keep moving forward.”