It’s a new season for the Presque Isle girls basketball team, one filled with high expectations. The Wildcats enter this season with 44 straight wins, and 2 straight gold balls.
“I think we all feel a little bit of pressure, but I think we know we have a lot of ability and I think we can reach a lot of the goals we set,” head coach Jeff Hudson said. “We have high expectations for ourselves, no matter where the pressure is from.”
And there’s a lot of pressure, especially since the Wildcats lost 7 of 11 players from last year’s team. Coach Hudson doesn’t expect the players from this year’s squad to be the seniors he lost last year… but he says these girls will work just as hard to make this season another success.
“We have more confidence in them sometimes, than I think they have in themselves,” said Hudson. “The big thing- they need to be confident, and we need them. If the kids that we have back do what they’re supposed to do, and these other kids step up to what they’re capable of doing, then I think we’ve going to be really successful.”
Because success has been attached to the Presque Isle girls name, especially since last year’s team won most of their games by at least 30 points. This year, Coach Hudson isn’t expecting that same outcome. He says the majority of the teams they’ll be playing are just as strong, and possibly even stronger than last year.
“MDI (Mount Desert Island) is the team to beat in Class B, Ellsworth has a lot of players back, and Hermon has their entire starting 5,” said Hudson. “Within the county, I know Houlton has some really strong players, Caribou’s got some good freshman and Fort Kent’s a tough place to play. So, I don’t think anything is going to be easy for us. We’re just gonna have to buckle down. It’s not gonna be like last year- it’s gonna be a lot tougher.”