Since the 2016-17 season, the Wilson Lady Eagles basketball team has struggled to find its way back to the regional tournament.

Since the 2016-17 season, the Wilson Lady Eagles basketball team has struggled to find its way back to the regional tournament.

However, things might be looking up for the ladies in black and gold this season.

This summer the Lady Eagles have been hard at work under the guidance of new head coach Teresa Johnston, who will be in her first season in charge of the squad.

Johnston takes over from Kenny Ridley, who coached the Lady Eagles last season while coaching the football team and being athletic director at Wilson. 

She has spent the last six years at Bethany High School, with four of them coming with the Lady Bronchos basketball team. Johnston was also the head cross country coach for boys and girls, as well as assisting with the boys and girls track teams. 

Wilson’s girls have been to a couple of team camps this summer including Pauls Valley and Plainview, where they saw more than their fair share of competition from larger schools ranging from class B all the way to 6A. 

“This summer has mainly been about working on coach/player relationships,” Johnston said. “I wanted to get to know the girls and find out what their basketball skills were along with their basketball IQ’s. I also wanted to see just how strong their desire, heart and dedication was towards the game along with their overall teamwork.” 

Last season proved to be a difficult one for the Lady Eagles, as they managed just two victories throughout the campaign.

This year, the Lady Eagles will be trying to make the regional tournament for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

“We’ve talked a little about last season, and coach Ridley had filled me in as well,” Johnston said. “These girls definitely have come in with an open mind and some great attitudes. They all want the same thing which is to get better not just as individuals, but as a team.” 

“I’ve also talked with the juniors and seniors about setting good examples,” Johnston added. “Lexi Hodges, Destiny Colbert, Tucker Welch, Emma Brooks and Katelyn Hacker definitely did a great job of setting the tone as upperclassmen for us. Jasmine Gentz, Leah Cumpton and McKinzee Gunter were some of the underclassmen that really did a great job during these summer workouts. I’m mainly just excited to get started here at Wilson, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity that coach Ridley and Mrs. Tonya Finnerty have given me.”