FALCON — It's a fresh start for the Falcon high school girls basketball team and you better believe this veteran squad is ready to take flight.
"We want to do as well as we did last year but go off of that, build off of that and go as far as we can go," senior guard Hannah Burg said.
Head Coach Tarike Adams has waited seven years for this team, which returns four starters and key depth from last year's Class 4A Sweet 16 run (17-8).
"What we're getting right now is 100% buy in," Adams said. "Why can't we take it a step or two steps further, that is what our goal is."
"Every person on this team, anyone can go off at any moment," senior forward Kilee Wood said. "There's not one weak link or star, anyone can score 25 points on any night."
Adding to this year's motivation, the tragic loss of youth basketball coach Annie Kurtz to a prolonged illness. Her daughter, Ashley, is a sophomore on the team and you better believe everyone is playing for "AK" in 2021.
"This year is all about living like Annie," Adams said. "It's going to give us goosebumps when it comes time to take the court. We know we're playing for a lot more than just our basketball team."
A small-town team with big-time dreams, making sure the Falcons are one to fear when the season tips off in two weeks.
"In this pandemic, to look back and see how special this team is and how great we did, would be awesome," Wood said.
"Be ready, we're not slowing down, we're not scared of any opponent, we're coming," Burg said.
Falcon will host Lewis-Palmer in their season opener on Jan. 26th at 6 p.m.