New Grant Union girls varsity basketball coach Kristi Moore said she’s excited for the season, and the team is eager to start practice.

Grant Union finished last season in fourth place at the OSAA State Championships, coached by Casey Hallgarth.

Hallgarth left the coaching post when he began this school year as the superintendent/principal for Prairie City School.

Moore, who coached the Grant Union girls junior varsity team last year, is taking the reins this year.

“The girls have high expectations of themselves,” she said. “They know what it takes to be successful, and they’re willing to work as hard as they need to in order to attain their dreams.”

Moore started as an English teacher at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School last year, and this year is the dean of students and career coordinator.

Last summer, she led the AAU volleyball team, which included several Grant Union volleyball team members, to the AAU National Tournament held in Orlando, Florida.

Before working at Grant Union, Moore coached basketball and tennis at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Arizona, for eight years, and also coached soccer and volleyball.

Moore graduated from Dayville High School and played basketball for four years with the Dayville/Monument team when they first combined schools for the sport.

“Sports teach you not just the athletic part of it but working with a team and adapting to difficult situations,” she said.

She said the team is raring to go and hopes to fill the stands.

“The girls love it when community members come to the games,” she said, adding they also enjoy interacting with people, whether at the grocery store or other places in town.

“I think it’s an honor to coach here and work with them this season and guide them and help them,” she said. “The girls are more than ready.”

The Prospectors have their first game on the road Wednesday, Nov. 28, against the Burns Hilanders. Their first home game will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, hosting the Crane Mustangs, and they host Burns on Friday, Dec. 14.

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