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Trojans inspired to perfect start

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jan 16, 2020

The Fountain-Fort Carson girls basketball team doesn't need any extra motivation.

"Every day we need to be one step up from where we were the day before," Trojans head coach LouAnn Guiden said.

Their fourth-year head coach, LouAnn Guiden, has that part taken care of.

"I try and do a daily quote every single day, it goes off of where I think we're at on the season," Guiden said. "Always remember too much ego will kill your talent, so we want them to stay humble."

The Trojans are off to an 11-0 start to the 2019-20 season. It's their best run since 2009-10, when they advanced to the Great 8 of the Class 5A state tournament.

"We're just working as a team, staying positive, living in the moment and just having fun," Trojans junior guard Torie Bass said.

It's the type of success that doesn't happen overnight. The last undefeated team in Class 5A has been putting the pieces together for the past several years

"It takes time to rebuild a program and these girls have put in the work, I think that's the biggest thing," Guiden said.

A veteran roster with 10 upperclassmen seeing the floor this season, FFC has been battle tested against the best in the state.

"At the end of the day, we're all hungry and we all have the same goal," senior forward Danae Christensen said. "We all want to be there for each other and to be successful."

After falling in the opening round of the playoffs last year, the Trojans know the key to success: Is taking it one game and one quote at a time.

"Understand that pressure is something you create for yourself, not the situation you are in when competing," Guiden said.

"I do feel like that, I think we can achieve a lot more and be really great," Christensen said. "I have a lot of hope for my team right now."

A team looking to take a perfect start and continue to build it into something they'll cherish forever.

"I keep going back to it but winning is great and all and going to finals and stuff like," Bass said. But living in the moment is the best thing we can honestly do."