The Russellville Indians girls basketball team finished last season with a 17-9 record. The season ended with a 59-54 loss to Eugene in the first round of the Class 2 District 8 Tournament.
Head coach David Volkart said the team feels they can improve on last season.
"That is going to be our focus," Volkart said. "Working every day to get better and to try to win ball games."
Defensively, Volkart said that pressure, both full court and half court, is going to be a big key for the team. Being able to make defensive adjustments during games is also going to be a key for this team.
On offense, the team is looking to create offense from their defense. Being able to execute their half-court offense is also going to be a key for Russellville.
Early in the season, mental mistakes are going to be something the team needs to cut down on, according to Volkart.
"(Mental mistakes), which lead to fouls or turnovers or things along those lines — that is also an aspect we work on," Volkart said.
He said this year the team wants to compete with their tough conference and district.
"That is our main goal, every year," Volkart said.
The team's varsity roster consists of Mackenzie Schwartz, Lindsey Brandt, Mattie Weber, Allison Schrimpf, Skylar Potts, Chyan Wilkes, Reagan Jenkins, Jayla Volkart and Macie Edwards.