Olathe Preps For Elite Eight
Olathe High School has captured the 2012 Class 3A Regional Tournament Title. Now the get set for the Elite 8, which begins on Thursday.
Olathe is heading back to Fort Collins, and looking to bring something back for the first time since 1992.
"We definitely have a shot at a state championship," said Paul Althaus, Head Coach of Olathe High School. "They have that ability and that potential to do that just as much as anybody else that will be over there."
"Most people just say, 'Oh, that little girl. She won't do anything.' But they don't expect me going...jumping all over the place," said senior Brenda Suarez. "I love defense. I love controlling the other team."
Our defense is our trademark, and if we don't have an offense going, we always have our defense, and that's what really wins us games," said senior Bethany Cox.
The Lady Pirates are riding a 19-game winning streak into the Elite Eight, but it's much more than just a game for this team.
"We're pretty much like a family," said senior Tawni Middleton.
"They're all my best friends, and I'd count on them with anything," said senior Kylie Tout.
"This is what I would call a true team. They work together, they support each other, they care about each other, and you don't find that a lot, but we really saw it this year," said Althaus.
"We communicate well, we know what each one is thinking, it's kind of like we're twins in a way," said Suarez.
"Just to have everyone like everyone, you know, get along, it just brings us all together and we can play more as a team, which is what needs to happen to win games," Middleton said.
And this week's game against undefeated Trinidad, Tawni Middleton says, 'It's all or nothing.'