The start of the 2017-18 high school basketball season has brought a lot of similarities between both boys and girls teams at Kingwood.
For starters, both begin the season with relatively new coaches and a new era in each of the programs. Monte Cole takes over the boys’ program. A highly successful assistant coach at Atascocita High School, Cole moves over to Kingwood to take over for Royce Huseman, who retired at the end of the last school year. Huseman coached 32 years at Kingwood, including 26 as head coach. He compiled 632 victories with the Mustangs.
Laura Vote is in her second season as head coach of the girls’ squad. In her first year, she took the Lady Mustangs to the playoffs after a 17-win season.
This year has started out rather rocky for both programs. Both boys and girls teams opened the season with identical 3-10 records. That was before the Lady Mustangs dropped a 58-23 decision to Atascocita on Friday in the District 21-6A opener.
The Lady Eagles rolled to an 18-2 lead at the quarter and held a 31-9 advantage at halftime.
Senior Karli Oliveraz connected on two of Kingwood’s three first-half field goals, including a 3-pointer, and led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with nine points. Senior Krista Stoner hit the other field goal while senior Kayla Janikula added two free throws.
Junior Anna Chong also added to Kingwood’s totals with a pair of third-quarter field goals.
The Lady Mustangs continue District 21-6A play with a pair of road games this week. Kingwood is at Goose Creek Memorial on Monday before visiting Channelview on Friday. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.
The boys’ team makes its final tune ups this week prior to District 21-6A play. The Mustangs hosted Klein at 7 p.m. Monday before visiting Spring for a 1 p.m. Saturday matchup.