SULPHUR — Normally the phrase “divide and conquer” is used to describe a situation in which a group splits up to cover more ground in a short amount of time.

SULPHUR — Normally the phrase “divide and conquer” is used to describe a situation in which a group splits up to cover more ground in a short amount of time.

The Marietta Lady Indians basketball team though is taking it to a whole other level this summer.

To ensure the most players get to see time on the court, the Lady Indians have divided up into multiple groups this summer, as they prepare for the upcoming season, which this week included a stop at the Sulphur team camp along with multiple other schools. 

“We have everyone coming back,” Marietta coach Josh Drinning said. “The big thing is we’re past that learning curve stage now. It’s always great having everyone come back because they have that experience now, and that just benefits everyone.”

“We’re going to need everyone we have to turn this thing around,” Drinning added. “We split our girls into five different teams, that way everyone gets equal playing time. This program is growing and this is proof of that with the number of girls we have right now.”

One of the most important pieces returning this season for the Lady Indians is sophomore Toriauna Douglass, who led the team last season with 11.8 points per game. 

Douglass also averaged 3.3 rebounds along with two steals and three rebounds per game. She was an All-Conference selection for the Lake Country Conference, and a member of the All-Ardmoreite girls basketball team. 

Other returning players who will be beneficial to the season for the Lady Indians will include Kate Bone, Kaylie Douglass, Clara Perez, Haven Matthews, and many others. 

Last season the Lady Indians finished 6-18 overall, as their two-year streak of being district champions was snapped at home in a narrow 28-25 loss against Tishomingo, before falling in the first round of the regional consolation bracket. 

The Lady Indians did manage to finish as runners-up in the Ronnie Moore Invitational tournament, as they fell against the Collinsville Lady Pirates from Texas. 

“Right now, we’re just like any other team during the summer in the fact that we’re just trying to get better,” Drinning said. “We split them up into groups to accomplish that, and they’re out there playing hard and doing what’s asked of them.”