The Lady Panthers will have just four days of practice under their belt when they take the court against their first opponent on Friday morning. With a young team and a new coach at the helm, fans are getting ready to see how good these girls can be.

The ladies started two-a-day practices on Monday and will line up against Gunter on Friday and then Sunnyvale on Saturday in their first and only scrimmages. Van Alstyne’s first game of the season is the following Tuesday when they travel to Howe.

"The first few practices have been successful and I am looking forward to what’s in store this season," Van Alstyne Head Coach LeQuia Collins said. "With only one senior this year, the girls are eager to learn and excited about the season."

Their home opener will be on Aug. 26 when they play host to Anna, Collins’ former school.

Like all the change was not enough to overcome, a water leak at the high school forced the team to hold their first practices at the middle school while repairs were made. Despite the setback, Collins says that she has expectations that her team can and will start strong this season.

"I am extremely confident in my team this year," Collins said. "I am excited and honored to work with such a great and respectful group of young ladies."

With the UIL realignment last spring, Van Alstyne will see some new opponents when it gets to district play on Sept. 12. The Lady Panthers will take on Commerce, Tom Bean, Leonard, Lone Oak, Caddo Mills, Farmersville and Whitewright in district play; with eight teams in their district, a playoff spot is only guaranteed to the top four teams.