High School Sports

MULVANE GIRLS: New coach is an old player

Kendra Banzet left an indelible mark during her playing days at Mulvane, helping the Wildcats win two girls league titles with individual statistics that still stand as school records.

Now, Banzet, a 1991 MHS graduate, will see what she can do as her alma mater's coach.

"Scary and exciting," said Banzet, who replaces Dale Landes after serving as his assistant last season. "I hope I can live up to expectations."

Mulvane lost just one player off a team that entered the homestretch of the 2008-09 season at 7-7 before losing its final seven games. What plagued the Wildcats during their skid has become a simple mantra for Banzet.

"Minimize turnovers," she said.

The Wildcats' top three scorers return. Senior forward Taylor Parsons averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, while junior Kayla Morton (7.9 points) and senior Stephanie Wilson (6.5) return in the backcourt.

Adding experience to Banzet's rotation will be junior Kelsey Miller (5.0) and seniors Haylee Smith (3.5) and Taylor Bell (1.4). The trio played in all 21 games last season.

Senior Kendra Reusser (3.6), a sprinter on Mulvane's track team, adds athleticism to the mix, Banzet said.

"We're going to really have to have balance," Banzet said. "If I can get 10 points out of four people, that what I usually strive for."

Banzet averaged 20.9 points during her senior season and helped Mulvane reach the Class 4A tournament. While she never anticipated returning to coach the Wildcats, Banzet would like her first season calling the shots to serve as a spark.

"I'd like in the next five years to get us to the top of the league and be in the top three every year," Banzet said. "We're just trying to get the girls around here to be excited about basketball again."