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Manzanola girls basketball team ready for a busy start to 2021 season

David High
Special to the Fowler Tribune

The Manzanola High School girls hoops team, like most teams at the beginning of the year, feels they have reasons to be optimistic about its chances.

After a second-place Fishers Peak League finish behind Sierra Grande in 2020 the Bobcats return with some players with significant game experience.

“I have three returning players this season”, commented Manzanola coach Tabitha Martinez.

Those three players are seniors Elizabeth Bierman and Maresa Lucero and junior Alyssa Saine.

Three new members; junior Bridgette McClain and freshmen Libby Horn and Eva Anderson, will hit the hardwoods to back up the returning members of the team in this unique year of Colorado high school sports.

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A total of just 12 players make-up the roster for the Bobcats in the long season ahead.

“It will be a tough season because of low numbers,” Martinez said.

The goals for the Manzanola season, after losing three of its main scorers, will be about rebuilding and learning from week-to-week.

“It will be a rebuilding year for the most part, but I have faith that these girls will work hard and have a great season,” Martinez said.

Three games will mark a busy first weekend of play for the Bobcats.

The season kicks off Thursday against McClave at home followed by another home contest Friday against Springfield.

Saturday’s away game at Edison will test the early season endurance of the Manzanola bunch.

Plenty of questions still surround the 2021 high school basketball season as nearly half the states across the nation have tipped off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the COVID-19 surge blankets the country and state associations evaluate a safe path to resuming athletics, schedule changes will continue to happen.