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Celina's football glory has girls basketball team craving a title
CELINA — The Celina girls don’t have to search for motivation. It sits sparkling in the trophy cases outside their gym.
Overshadowed by a football team that has won eight state titles, the Bobcats hope to break through this week at the state tournament. Only two other Celina girls basketball teams have gone this far.
“The girls want to have success like the football team,” coach Jordan Davis said. “It’s not pressure; it’s a good reminder of what can be done.”
Davis knows firsthand that Celina’s two major sports are football and spring football. Her father is an assistant football coach for the Bobcats. Her brother played quarterback on Celina’s last state-winning team.
It wasn’t for a lack of desire that she never played quarterback herself. As a basketball player, she led three high schools to district titles and then helped Baylor win a national title in 2005.
“I couldn’t play on a football team, but I did go to football camps,” she said. “My brother likes to rub it in my face. He tells me that he has a state ring and I don’t. I have to tell him that I have a national championship ring and he doesn’t.”
In high school, Davis played her freshman season at Slidell, then led Valley View to two final fours, finishing as Class A runner-up in 1999 and 2000.
It just happens that Celina’s last state appearance was 1999. She tried in vain to make a return trip with the Bobcats her senior year.
Her three high school teams had a combined record of 123-19. She missed only six foul shots her entire collegiate career (79 of 85).
“She knows what it’s like to be in the big time, and she wants it for us so bad,” senior Kenzie Newman said. “She knows what she’s talking about, and it wasn’t that long ago that she was playing. We give her a hard time about that.”
Newman’s freshman season was Davis’ first as head coach. The Bobcats lost to Argyle in the second round. In 2011, the Bobcats went 22-9, suffering a three-point loss to Princeton in the first round.
The addition of sisters Presley and K.J. Stastny, daughters of assistant coach Bubba Stastny, bolstered the team’s depth. They have provided a nice complement to Newman, who averages 17.4 points.
Presley, a senior, is second in scoring with 10.2 points to go with 4.1 assists per game, and K.J. is third with 8.3 points.
“They were raised in a gym,” said Bubba Stastny, who was at Slidell when Davis and her father were there. “This is great because it’s the only year they can play together.”
The Bobcats take a 12-game winning streak to Austin. They have blown through the playoffs with an average score of 60-40 over Frisco Lone Star, Madison, Pittsburg and Texarkana Liberty Eylau.
They also can take inspiration from their school’s strong athletic history, which includes 18 state titles. The most recent was softball.
“What’s really cool is those boys that play football, they’re always so serious during pep rallies when everybody’s yelling for them; it’s their turn to support the girls,” Davis said. “It’s been crazy. They show up in overalls with no shirts on. It’s really neat how they’re supporting us now.”