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The Future of the Lions

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Although the team picked up its 48th straight win last night the Bishop Ryan Lady Lions continue to build for the future. Of course, the Lady Lions hope the immediate future holds another state tournament run--but as Derek Hackett tells us--they're also looking a little further down the road.

It's possibly the biggest cliche in sports...

Julie Stewart - Bishop Ryan head coach "It's a family type atmosphere here, it's a unique bond "

But for the Bishop Ryan girls basketball team that adage has merit..

Four of their 12 rosters spots belong to older sisters---to what could be the next crop of state champions

Magee Rovig- Third Grader "They beat me by a lot but it's still fun. It's fun because my class doesn't really know how to play much basketball. So, I don't really learn anything but I learn stuff from the team that I have here."

Derek Hackett -"Working with girls as young as ten years old--The lady lions head coach Julie Stewart gets the chance to nurture the future of her program.,.

Julie Stewart " I think it's a huge advantage, I work with a few other groups at different times and I try to get my hands in there and try to develop the steps to get here. It really doesn't matter what they do now other than they have to have fundamentals"

Derek Hackett - "With the varsity team as an example--the young lions step up to these standards of their role models...their sisters.."

Julie-"Now they understand the little parts of the game...they've really developed a good understanding and it's just fun to coach.You know, the sky is the limit."

Derek - "With a 48 game winning streak and a state championship--the varsity set a standard for their successors--so each little sister has a goal..."

Julie-" the ultimate goal is to be the best team that we can be and hopefully that can lead to a state championship.

Derek-"And despite how often you say that...."

Anika Rovig - Senior Guard " Our ultimate goal is to get better every game and hopefully win back to back state titles."

Derek- "....it's hardly cliche"

In Minot---Derek Hackett---KX Sports"

The Lions will lose 5 seniors after the season--but for now they continue play in the District 12 tournament that begins a week from this Friday.

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