Lady Giants excited for season to tip off


Wen Jeune

The lady Giants run wind sprints under the watchful eye of veteran coach Stan Benge. The girls host Fishers Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the season opener.

Brooklynn Sharp, sports editor

Senior Cristen Carter can hardly wait for Saturday morning.

“I am very excited for the season to start and playing my last year with my teammates, I can’t wait to see what the season brings,” Carter said.

Carter starts the season as captain of the girls basketball team. The girls start the season by hosting Fishers this Saturday (11:30 a.m.). Fishers is rated No. 3 in preseason Class 4A polls while Ben Davis is No. 15. The Giants also were scheduled to play No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern this Saturday but that game has been rescheduled to January due to HSE making the Class 4A state volleyball finals.

“We have outstanding individuals on this team,” veteran coach Stan Benge said. “They are very good people. We have a lot of physical ability but we need to learn how to use that ability together. If we get better at fundamentals and are highly motivated to be successful it could be a fun year.”

The Giants are defending sectional champions and feature a senior-dominated lineup led by Carter, Taylor Guess, Kaleah Toomer, Kirsten Clark and Maliyah Turner.

“You should see a great defensive team and a hard working team that should be able to compete with the best teams in the state,” Benge said.
That theory will be put to the test early. After Saturday, the lady Giants travel to Mooresville Tuesday (Mooresville defeated BD in the regional championship last year) before hosting Brownsburg next Saturday.

“I really hope this season is very fun and that we get close as a team and dominate this year,” Carter said. “I also think we have a team that can make it far in the state tournament so I’m looking forward to that.”

Clark agrees.

“I feel really good about this season,” Clark said. “We got pretty far in the playoffs last year and this year I think we will win state.”

Carter is already committed to play at Miami (Ohio) University next season while Clark hopes to play in college.

“It’s truly a blessing to be able to play the sport I love at the next level,” Carter said. “I’m very excited to see what the future holds.”
Right now that future starts Saturday.

“Being a senior this year doesn’t feel too difference except knowing that this is my last year spending time with my teammates that I’ve been with since 2nd grade,” Clark said.