TURNER — If the calendar is reading November at Turner High School, then it means the time has come for another season of Lady Falcons and Falcons basketball.

TURNER — If the calendar is reading November at Turner High School, then it means the time has come for another season of Lady Falcons and Falcons basketball.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight from Turner High School, the 2017-18 season will officially get underway with both teams in action taking on Mill Creek.

The Falcons contest is scheduled to begin around 8 p.m.

This season however will look completely different on both sides of the spectrum as both THS teams will be introducing new head coaches tasked with the mission of getting the blue and white squads back to the state tournament.

Last season ended abruptly for the Lady Falcons, who won their first eight games.

However, it was in the playoffs where things went sour as a regional tournament defeat to Stonewall eventually led to an elimination in the area tournament against Dewar by one point.

The Lady Falcons haven’t reached the state tournament since the 2015-16 season, when Turner finished with an overall record of 28-4, making the state semifinals.

However a strong trend going for the Lady Falcons is the fact they have managed to win at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons.

Leading the charge on the bench will be veteran coach Aaron Norton, who will see multiple players return this season for the Lady Falcons but just one starter in Rylee Carter.

“The main thing is this is a hard working group that learns very quickly,” Norton said. 

“With each game, we’re only going to get better. This team is going to surprise a lot of people this year because they’re not going to expect these girls to be as strong as I believe they will be.”

There aren’t many changes to the schedule this season for the Lady Falcons, as they will continue to play a strong non-conference schedule along with tournament trips to Velma-Alma, Healdton and the South Central Conference tournament in Fox.

Games against Milburn and Colbert will follow on Nov. 10 and Nov. 14 following the opening game against MCHS.

“The teams we play in the regular season are going to prepare us for the playoffs,” Norton said. “When you are in Class A, then you will run into Okarche, Stonewall and some very tough teams. These girls are ready to go against someone in games that matter and hopefully start building some wins in the process.”

Meanwhile, the Falcons will be looking to rebound from a 10-15 finish last season, which saw them eliminated in the regional tournament with losses against Achille and Smithville.

Dickie Norman, who brings with him more than 40 years of coaching experience in Texas and Oklahoma, will be looking to revive the Falcons program this season in his first year, and give THS its first winning record since the 2007-08 season.

“As a coach I always have high expectations,” Norman said. “We’re going to be a pretty young team with a lot of freshman players. We’ve got about three seniors right now.”

“My goal is for us to really start to show some improvement midway through the season going into the playoffs.”

“What we really need right now is depth,” Norman added. “Those freshman who are playing for us are going to need to step up and get better with the rest of us.”