Championship mindset: that's all you need to know about Belt's girls basketball team. In fact, more than a half a dozen of the girls on the team this year helped the Lady Huskies win the volleyball team's first Class C state title in program history. Now, they're trying to translate that same success into this year's basketball season.
"We have to come into practice, every drill, everything game speed," junior guard Dani Urick said.
In order to be a champion, each player knows hard work has to be put in even when no one's watching. That attitude seems to be working. The Belt girls' basketball team has won four out of the last five state titles, including last year. But Head Coach Jeff Graham says this team could be even better.
"The depth that we have. We play a lot of kids last year that competed against that good team so it seems each year those kids who compete against those good teams are better and better," he said.
But repeating isn't going to be easy. The Lady Huskies welcome eight freshmen to the roster this season to go along with some other challenges.
"There are a lot of people out to get us so we'll see what happens."
The team's biggest asset is the players' familiarity with one another.
"We have a lot of chemistry together. We know how to play with each other," Urick said
"We really get along with everybody this year and we did last year," senior forward Kassie Hoyer added.
Having won last year's Class C state title, the girls have their eyes set on going back to back.
"Every year our seniors want to win the conference, district, divisional, and state. Those are pretty lofty goals but we think they're achievable," Graham said.
"I truly believe we can do it. We have a great group of girls out here that have a heart to do it," added Hoyer.