Roy Boone is preaching focus and effort to his Reagan County girls basketball team this year as he hopes to improve on last year’s results.

“The goal is to get them to compete every night and have them moving in the right direction,” Boone, in his first season as head coach of the Owls told Texas Scorecard. “Hopefully, we’ll have a good run this season. In my eight years of coaching, my teams have always been about defense and this year will be no different. We’re a quick and scrappy team, so we’ll press and get after people right from the start.”

After finishing below .500 last season, Boone knows that the rebuilding process won’t come easy for his Owls.

But hope springs eternal, largely based on the steady contributions of the senior trio of guard Shayla Sosa and frontcourt players Paige Baggett and Melissa Hernandez.

“Shayla is a defensive specialist whose engine is always going as she controls everything, while Paige is a solid player and our best shooter and Melissa, at 5-11, anchors everything we do on both sides of the floor. She’s also skilled enough where a defense has to respect her offensively.”

Boone said another key for his team, which finished fourth in the 3A Region I District 4 standings last season, will be staying healthy.

“We’ll need to have luck on our side for that to happen,” he said. “But in terms of what we can control, we’ve gotten better and better. We’ve went from a team not able to shoot the ball very well to now shooting really well. The kids have bought into everything we’ve talked about and are really just about winning. Everyone says the players in this area are hard workers and always looking to get better and this group has been an easy one to work with.”