The NOC Enid Lady Jets open the 2021-22 season Monday night at Cowley against the Lady Tigers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Coach Kelli Jennings is in her second year at NOC Enid. Jennings said she is more comfortable in her second year.
“Anyone that has taken over a program knows the first couple years can be tough, and my first year at NOC was no exception,” she said. “Going from being a small high school coach to a college coach was challenging in several ways. The major differences going into my 2nd year would be I know my team this year, and I have an idea of what our conference is like as well as a better grasp on the college game. Each day, month, and year my goal is to continue to learn and grow in this coaching field.”
The 2021-22 off-season was a bit more normal than last year, Jennings said her team accomplished plenty.
“I felt like our team during the off season was able to build some chemistry on the floor, offensively get an understanding of what we are trying to do, and get stronger in the weight room,” she said.
What are the strengths of this year’s team?
“I feel like our greatest strength is that we are a team,” she said. “I have a really selfless group of young women that each bring something different when they step on the floor.”
How can this team improve?
“I think an area of improvement early on is the need to limit turnovers,” she said. “I would also like to see us be able to attack and finish at the rim more than we are right now.”
The Lady Jets open at home Friday when they host Butler (KS) at 7:30 p.m. and then host Garden City Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Mabee Center.