The Mora Mustangs girls basketball team started the new season with a focus on family and being there for one another. The team and the coaches look forward to building a community with their fans.
Last season Mora finished with a 7-19 record, seventh place in the Granite Ridge Conference and 14th in Section 6AA. They were eliminated from postseason play with a loss to St. Cloud Cathedral.
Head coach Brandon Ostien had this to say about the 2019-20 season:
Q: What’s different for this season’s team, compared to last season?
A: We’re a year older. We only lost two seniors from last year’s team. And this is the second year of our new philosophy, “The Mustang Way,” that reflects life skills and builds a winning culture. This season we’ve emphasized the family aspect – we want the girls to know we’re all here for each other. It’s started off our season very well.
Q: What challenges do you expect the team to face this year?
A: The challenge will be to get all the girls to buy in to this philosophy. We’re only as strong as our weakest member. If we can all buy in to one common goal – to be competitive – we shouldn’t have any other challenges.
Q: How does the coaching staff prepare for a new season?
A: We talk a lot about what offense and defense we really like to use. We’re feeling good going into this season because we have those items settled. We’ve grown as a coaching staff, and adapted to what we think is best for the team.
Q: What makes a player a good team captain?
A: We don’t have team captains this year - we want all the girls to be accountable and have their chance to lead. The qualities are: always being there for teammates, listening to everyone equally, holding teammates accountable, and being the first person to arrive and the last to leave. Each sport looks for a different version of those qualities.
Q: How do you think participation in athletics affects students beyond the basketball court?
A: In all sports you’re going to find different qualities. But they learn how to work as a team, work well with people’s differing opinions, and work with leaders and coaches. We promote things like being prepared, being on time, working hard and giving energy to the task at hand. A negative attitude will drain both you and others. We try to promote the “soft skills” that pay off in life. They’ll remember the moments when they all came together as a team.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the upcoming season?
A: We want to try and bring back the community feeling, of people coming together around the team. We hope they’ll come and show support for these girls; they deserve a great atmosphere to play a game in.
The Mustangs opened the new season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when they hosted Ogilvie.