GRAND CANYON, Ariz - This season's basketball team is preparing to take the girls at Grand Canyon School to their highest potential.
The season kicked off with a bang, with a new head coach, five new players and a strong roster of returning players.
The team lost two seniors last year to graduation, leaving the Phantoms with a remaining two seniors along with eight juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen for this year's team.
New head coach Jeff King said some of the girls are new to the sport and are learning as they go.
"Some of them are kind of new to the sport and that is a challenge for me to teach them the sport of basketball, but they are coming along pretty well." King said.
King said one of his focuses for the season is on fundamentals something that has been beneficial to all the players. He is also changing a few strategies in hopes of building the team's defense.
"Even the juniors and sophomores are focusing more on the fundamentals because they want to get better," King said. "We want to be a well balanced defensive team and a fast break team. The last few years the coach was a slow down team. So I am changing that a little. The girls are trying to learn new plays. They're learning plays from last year and adding new plays also."
The Phantoms goal for the season is to win and make it to state. They see their main rivals coming from Williams, Seligman and Fredonia.
In preparation for their first game, King incorporated traditional practices and had the girls scrimmage against one another.
He said he is sticking with normal practice as far as running, working out and exercises are concerned. King said adding a little more intensity to the team's practice is part of his plan as they prepare for their first game. He said the Phantoms have a great team spirit and are looking forward to a promising season.
"It's going to be a good season, everyone is working hard," King said.
The Phantoms played their first game Nov. 25 against Flagstaff's Northland Prepatory Academy.