Those who followed Tecumseh High School sports during the 2016-17 school year would've noticed a common trend.
Either the Tecumseh Braves were state champions or they would lose to the eventual state champions (and runner-up) in their respective tournaments. Everyone remembers the softball team winning the state. However, the volleyball team lost to state runner-up Christian Academy in the semi-state and the football team lost to state champion Linton in the sectionals.
Basketball season is here and it was the Tecumseh girls team that lost to the eventual state champion Wood Memorial in last year's sectional.
Coached by Adam Lubbehusen, the Braves are coming off a 15-7 season where they finished second in the Pocket Athletic Conference.
The Braves lost a lot of points from last year's team as their two top scorers, Alicia Webb and Bailey Perkins, graduated. Webb was All-Conference and was also a tremendous athlete as she was All-State in both softball and volleyball.
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"She would've been All-State in basketball if we would've won sectionals," Lubbehusen said.
Returning from last year's team is Dalina Meyer who scored 10 points in the Braves season opener against Evansville North on Nov. 11.
Meyer is a combo forward/guard.
Also returning from last season's team is senior guard Caitlin Kost, sophomore guard and libero on the volleyball team Chloe Holder, senior guard Andrea Stepro, senior guard Kiersten Greenberg, senior center Jordon Donohoo, junior forward Paige Lemen, and junior forward Kaitlyn Helfert. The Braves also expect to get contributions from freshman Gracie Sullivan.
The Braves have a young team returning this year. The underclassman will be seeing significant minutes on the floor this season. As evident in their season opener, the Braves will be a primarily zone defense team due to their lack of size to force their opponents to shoot long-range jump shots.
Despite the young team, coach Lubbehusen seems confident in the Braves chances.
"We have a young team but our goal is to always win the conference and sectionals. We can be pretty good if the kids all get along and play together."