Girls basketball team finds early success

Jacob Prothro

Last season, in its first year under new coach Katie Hensle, with a roster full of sophomores, the girls basketball team lost to Stony Point in the first round of the playoffs en route to a 17-15 record. But, the Chaps are off to a hot start in Hensle’s second year.

Led by Texas State-bound twins, juniors Bailey and Brooke Holle, the team won its first three games before falling in the semi-final game of the Colleyville Tournament to the number eight team in the state, the Southlake Carroll Dragons. The Chaps beat El Paso El Dorado to take third place in the tournament.

“We did really well,” assistant coach Tres Ellis said. “The girls saw that when we play our way, we are really successful and we can put up a lot of points. We felt like we were the second best, if not the best team there. Our only loss came to the team that won it, so we definitely gained some confidence going forward.”

Westlake played its District opener Nov. 18, defeating Anderson 69-64, with the Holle twins combining for 45 of the team’s points. Juniors Emily Thurston and Lexi Cunningham had 11 points and 10 points in the win, respectively.

“I think we’re doing really well for having a coach that’s in her second year,” Brooke said. “I really hope that continues.”

This past weekend, the Chaps played in the Marble Falls Tournament, where they took home third place. Following the tournament, the Chaps entered the 6A State-Rankings.

The team will face off against Austin High Nov. 25 in its second District game before returning to Westlake to play Hays High School Dec. 2.