FOX — As summer league play comes to a close in Fox, the Lady Foxes basketball team aren’t skipping a beat heading into the 2018-2019 season.

FOX — As summer league play comes to a close in Fox, the Lady Foxes basketball team aren’t skipping a beat heading into the 2018-2019 season.

If anything, the Lady Foxes look primed to run wild.

Despite losing Hailey Hill, who helped lead a successful post season campaign that took the Lady Foxes to the regional tournament before she graduated, the Fox Lady Foxes are reloading with a squad chock-full of familiar faces.

Most importantly, Fox’s double-edged sword of a back court — made up of Bree Phelps and Jada Newhouse — was on full display in the final games of summer league play at the Fox High School gym on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for their Class B competition, they’ll be back for two more years as the duo head into their junior years at Fox. 

Fox coach Mark Williams said with the return of his team’s central nucleus and retaining his two leading scorers in Phelps and Newhouse from last season, he feels good about the Lady Foxes chances heading into the 2018-2019 season.

“Fundamentally we still are lacking a little, but we do have the nucleus of our team back,” he said. “Obviously I have some high hopes for us this year. We got some young players coming in that are going to have to step up and fill some big shoes, but I have high hopes for us.”

Fox went 16-6 last season before being ousted in the regional tournament by Indiahoma. 

Williams said the playoff experience and seasoning from last year will pay dividends heading into this season.

“It’s phenomenal for kids that young to go and be a part of that atmosphere and play at that level,” he said. 

“We think that will work to our advantage. But we’re going to have to work harder than everybody else.”

Speaking of hard workers, Williams said Phelps took the reigns of the team after showcasing her effort on the practice court, working on her game. 

After the season Phelps was named MVP of the conference. 

“Bree (Phelps) pretty much outworked everybody last year,” he said. “She’s not the most athletic kid on the floor, but she shows up early and leaves late. She’s just one of those kids who keeps driving and keeps working.”

But Williams said it won’t just be two-fox show this year. 

Aside from the Lady Foxes roster, which boasts returning talent across the board, Williams said incoming sophomore Macey Rodriguez and Hailey Allen are primed for big years.

“We expect them to step up and give some of these other kids a break,” Williams said. “We have some freshman who could step up too, they’re athletic enough to play, but they’re young and learning how to play high school basketball right now.”