PAULS VALLEY — Last season, it seemed like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Turner Lady Falcons basketball team.

PAULS VALLEY — Last season, it seemed like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Turner Lady Falcons basketball team.

However, as the program enters into the second year under head coach Aaron Norton, belief and optimism are growing that the Lady Falcons slump is just a temporary thing.

As the 2018-19 season begins, Turner will be returning a whole host of returning players, including multiple juniors and seniors. This mix combined with some fresh talent from junior high has coach Norton thinking Turner girls basketball has everything it needs to be successful.

“Right now we’re working getting our freshman gelled with our girls who were here last year,” Norton said. “This young group of freshman didn’t lose a game in junior high. They are having to learn how fast paced high school basketball is. Once we get everyone on the same page, then once October rolls around, we’ll have everything we need to be a great team.”

Aiding in the process this season will be returning players Jaleigh Durst and Ryleigh Parker.

Last year Parker finished averaging 7.6 points per game with 6.9 rebounds per game. She was limited to just 10 games last season due to an injury.

Durst finished averaging 6.4 points per game with 3.4 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game. 

Last season the Lady Falcons fell to a 7-17 season, which was a stark contrast from the 2016-17 season in which the Lady Falcons went 25-4 and reached the area tournament.

The year prior in 2015-16, Turner finished 28-4 and made the state quarterfinals.

“Our returning girls are going to have to step up and be leaders for us,” Norton said. “A lot of these junior high girls never had to face a man defense all year. They faced zone all year. Those seniors are going to be able to help in the process of getting these girls adjusted to what we do at the high school level.”