First-year Stamford girls basketball coach Joe Crabb inherits a Lady Bulldogs’ team that is capable of competing for a district title.
Stamford returns four starters off a team that finished 17-7 overall and 9-3 as the third-place team from District 10-2A. The Lady Bulldogs won their first two playoff games last season before falling 52-39 to eventual state champion Lipan in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals.
“Size and experience will be our biggest strength,” said Crabb. “This year’s team will be more seasoned. Our biggest weakness is our depth.”
Tylee Bevel, a 6’0” senior guard, is Stamford top returning scorer. Audrey Brewer, a 5’11” senior forward, led the team in rebounding last season, while 5’8” junior point guard Laylonna Applin was the Lady Bulldogs’ assist leader.
Applin and 5’5” senior guard Shandlee Mueller, another returning starter, were key members of Stamford’s state championship softball team last spring.
Other key players that the Lady Bulldogs will be counting on this season including 5’4” senior guard Bresha Applin, 5’11” sophomore forward Lainee Lefevre and 5’9” sophomore forward Alle Farmer.
Crabb believes Stamford could finish anywhere from first to fourth in what should be another balanced and exciting District 10-2A girls basketball race.