Globe Lady Tigers basketball ready for upcoming season

Aaron J. Tohtsoni/Arizona Silver Belt Two Lady Tigers battle during a team scrimmage.

The Globe High School Lady Tigers will be looking to come out of a slump after last season.

“We are going to have more growth from last season,” said Globe head coach Emily Belvado. “There was newness and uncertainty last season.”

The Lady Tigers finished 4-15 last season after making the 3A state tournament the season prior.

“It’s going to be more halfcourt because we are an undersized team,” said Belvado of her team’s offensive strategy. “I have some great passers and some players to fill the lanes if we do go transition.”

On the defensive end, Globe will play zone defense against taller teams but Belvado said her team is learning man-to-man defensive concepts.

Kaydance Tober and  Shannell Francis will be key players for Globe this season.

Globe is in a revamped 3A South Central region that  includes ALA-Anthem South, ALA-Ironwood, Benjamin Franklin, Coolidge, Florence, Gilbert Christian, San Tan Foothills and Valley Christian.

“We picked up more charter schools and are in a loaded region,” said Belvado. “I expect it to be very difficult compared to last season.”

Outside of region play, San Carlos and Miami will be big rivalry games for Globe.

“The girls want to go out and compete,” said Belvado. “They want to limit turnovers because that was one of our weaknesses last season. We want to be more aggressive on offense because I think we will do great on defense.”

Globe opens the season with four road games before hosting the San Carlos Lady Braves on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. for their first home game of the season.

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