The 1995 and the 2019 Nocona Lady Indian basketball teams have something in common.. family… Literally.
Averee Kleinhan’s Mother was on the last Nocona team to make it past the area round.. and her grandmother.. Glena Clay was the Head Coach.
24 years later.. they watch Averee battle it out on the court as a Lady Indian.
“I can hear Mummy.. I call her Mummy. Her name’s Glena. I can hear her whistling and saying, ‘hand in the basket. hand in the basket.’ And that’s like… I just know they’re there,” said Averee Kleinhans.
Kleinhans scored 40 pts in the area round of playoffs against Merkel.
Some would say its destiny Averee is on the latest Nocona team to advance to the Regional Semifinals…. but for Averee.. its her hard work AND the hard work of her teammates.
“Definitely our energy level is better than your average team, I mean, practices are intense and we like to get under each other’s skin. So like during games we just got each others back,” said Averee Kleinhans.
Senior Rachel Patrick fits that description…..using her speed and skill to lead a stingy Lady Indian defense.
“She’s been our best defensive player all year long and she kinda anchors our defense and just to watch her in practice is fun, because no matter what were doing. No matter the drill… she is talking. She is flying around. I mean she’s doing an awesome job,” said Kyle Spitzer.
“I mean I had no idea. I mean I was just kinda a long for the ride and then we started winning all these games and I was like okay we can go far, and its just like what everyone in the town has been talking about. They’ve watched us all season. They’ve expected this, but like as a player you dont think about that. You’re just in the moment,” said Rachel Patrick.
In Coach Kyle Spitzers first year as head coach.. the Lady Indians earning a district title going 9 and 1 in district play.
“They bought in and kind of just ran with it…ran with everything. The coaches have kind of put in place and its been awesome to watch them buy in and run with it,”said Kyle Spitzer.
The 2019 Nocona Lady Indians play together. You might even say they’re a family.