Despite finishing 22-3 with a league title Fruita Monument girls basketball fell short of their state title goals in the sweet 16 round for the third straight year.
"With where we've tried to build our program I don't know if I would call it motivation as much as expectation," head coach Michael Wells says. "We expect to play to play those types of games in March and we expect to win them. We haven't accomplished that in that sweet 16 round yet. That doesn't mean we doesn't mean it's not expected that we get there."
The Wildcats return eight seniors including Air Force commit Riley Snyder. Snyder averaged 16.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season.
"Everybody is kind of sick and tired of getting to the same round each year," Snyder says. "This is our last year to do for all of us seniors and we're like 'we got to do it now.'"
The team went 2-1 in the Castle View-Thunder Ridge Tip-Off Tournament last weekend.
Fruita will host Rangeview at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday as part of day one of the Wildcat Classic.