DILLON — The season is young, but Dillon’s girls are locking in.
The Beavers won the Southwestern Conference in Class A in 2016, but the top seed failed to make it out of the divisional tournament.
“When you don’t make it out, it’s really heartbreaking,” said senior Brynley Fitzgerald. “It just means that you have to put more time in in the offseason and get your girls into the gym.”
The new-look Beavers squad is led by three seniors, but it is a young team. That inexperience was tested right away in a matchup with defending state champion Columbia Falls in the season-opener, a game Dillon lost 62-40.
“We were all a little bit nervous,” senior Paige Rouse said. “(We) had those first game jitters. But I think it was just having those young players and they weren’t really used to having that varsity playing time.”
The girls are getting adjusted to their new roles, and the team sits at 4-2 heading into the new year. The Beavers begin 2018 with a marquee matchup with Butte Central — the latest in what will be a season full of tough matchups in a loaded conference.
The Beavers expected a trip to state to come with all of last year’s success, but were unable to get it done in the postseason. Now, the girls are getting adjusted with the elusive trip to state in mind.
“We don’t really talk about winning and losing, but I know these girls have a goal of making it to state,” said head coach Gabe Walker. “I really want these girls to make it there. They deserve it, they’ve earned it.”
The Beavers will play host to the Maroons on January 4.