• 2009-10 record: 24-7
• Coach: Adam Terry, 4th year, 49-31
• Last state appearance: 2010, won first state title since 1990.
• State titles: 2010, 1990, 1989, 1979, 1977
• Top returning players: Tori Tucker, G, 5-9, Sr.; Jessica Tovar, G, 5-1, So; Taryn Lee, G, 5-6, Fr.; Tessa Nall, G, 5-2, Fr.; Tabitha Ornelas, G, 5-2, Fr.
• Top newcomers: Dominique Gomez, G, 5-9, So.; Monique Gomez, G, 5-9, So.; Sarai Najera, G, 5-1 Jr.
• Outlook: Floyd returns just one starter from last year’s Class 1A state championship team, but senior Tori Tucker is a heck of a place to start rebuilding. A starter since she was a freshman, Tucker averaged 15 points a game. Floyd coach Adam Terry said Tucker, who had games with 51 and 46 points last season, could pass several milestones. The 51-point effort ties her for second among girls all-time in the state. Taryn Lee, Tessa Nail and Tabitha Ornelas were backups last year and have been working well with Tucker, Terry said. “They have become a solid team with Tori playing with them. Tori can start at any position I need her to,” Terry said. “The challenge this season will be defense, because we already have an offensive team that can score a lot of points.” Twin sophomore G’s Dominique and Monique Gomez move up from the junior varsity to add depth.
“They’re going to make big contributions to the team,” Terry said.
• New look: Floyd enters into a new district this season with Dora, Tatum and Jal. Last season all four teams were in the state tournament and all those teams return most of their top players, said Terry. “I think Tatum will be the favorite in our district, overall Des Moines and Cliff,” Terry said.
• Litmus test: Terry said after Tuesday’s game with a good Elida team he knows his team is ready for a possible repeat as state champions.
“We got beat by 13 (points) so everyone should know that we are for real now,” Terry said. “We’ve got a young team and I thought it was going to take until district play to get going, but we’re way ahead and we have a bright future.”
— Compiled by Clarence Plank