The Stamford girls basketball team enjoyed an incredible season a year ago. The Lady Bulldogs were the only Big Country team to reach the state tournament, posting a 36-3 record before losing in the Class 2A state tournament championship game. It was Stamford’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament.
Although second-year head coach Joe Crabb lost four starters off last year’s team, he still expects his Stamford team to contend for another district title and make another deep postseason run.
“We will be more balanced in depth,” Crabb said when asked to compare this year’s team to last year’s state finalist.
He lists athleticism as his team’s biggest strength. That certainly describes 5’9” senior guard Laylonnna Applin, who made the all-state tournament team. She is Stamford’s top returning scorer and also led the team in assists last year.
Lainee Lefevre, a 5’11” junior forward is Stamford’s top returning rebounder.
Although Stamford breezed through District 10-2A a year with a 12-0 record last year, it is a still strong balanced district. The other three playoff teams from the district each won at least one game in the playoffs.
That should make for an interesting district race with Stamford still listed as the favorite. District 10-2A also includes Albany, Anson, Cisco, Hamlin, Haskell and Hawley.