Ruidoso girls ready to start winning

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Hailee Blake, seen here during a summer league game against Tularosa, is returning to the Warrior basketball team for her senior season.

RUIDOSO – Consistency is a sometimes overlooked factor when it comes to athletic excellence.

Consistency is one of the things the Ruidoso girls basketball team has, at least at the coaching position.

Jason Kampksy is starting his seventh year on the coaching staff at Ruidoso High School, and his third as head girls basketball coach. He’s excited about the season to come.

“We’re ready more so than we were last year at this time,” Kampsky said.

Kampksy said his team is the unwilling beneficiary of the volleyball team’s struggles this year, as the netters’ early finish meant an early start on roundball practice.

“It’s that double-edged sword, when you are the basketball coach and have to share athletes,” Kampsky said. “Even our cross country girls ran at State on a Saturday, then came out Monday. They were ready to get basketball going, and that’s a good sign for me.”

Kampsky certainly  has a lot of experience returning for this year. He’s got five seniors, including Hailee Blake at forward, Devynee Palmer at guard, Hailey Evans and Macey Boyiddle.

Additionally, junior Andee Roach will step into the center position vacated by the graduation of Lia Mosher.

“We moved the ball around a lot, and it’s going to be more of the same this year,” Kampsky said. “We have a couple girls that are more experienced running the offense. They know what’s expected of them.”

Erika Jarvis is also back, a player Kampsky said is a “real physical player we love to have.”

Blake is a little hobbled by an ankle injury she sustained during volleyball, but Kampsky said it doesn’t seem to have slowed her down.

“We keep an eye on it and she wraps it,” Kampsky said. “She’ll tweak it every once in a while, but she’s not complaining and doesn’t seem to be in any real pain.”

Girls basketball hasn’t been the focus of excellence at Ruidoso, but Kampsky said that could start to change.

“We’re on the upswing. We won five games last year, but we very well should have won eight or nine,” Kampsky said. “We let some slip away, and I think it’s a testament to the girls we have back. They’ve seen how close we can be to winning, how good we can be.

“That puts that idea in their brains, that we can win,” he added. “Let’s just go out and do it this year.”

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