Red Cloud keeping a Warrior mentality for state tournament

Warriors get one last practice in before heading to Lincoln.

As many teams make their final preparations this week for the girls basketball state tournament, Red Cloud decided to turn their area of focus away from the court.

After being knocked out in the first round a season ago, the Warriors return this year with a stronger mental game, giving the team higher confidence for success.

They're avoiding the stress and pressure of playing on the big stage to avoid history repeating itself.

"A big thing talked about this weekend is physically we're ready, we're there and we have the talent," Jr. Marry Nibbe said. "But it's all going to be mental," she continued. "Last year we weren't quite there mentally, so we kind of let that big game slide past us. This year we've put a lot of focus getting ourselves ready mentally and our physical ability will take care of itself."

"When the game gets bigger than what it is, that's when we struggle mentally with all aspects of the game," head coach Casey Fangmeyer said. "So we just want to keep things in check and make sure we work on things to do and do it the right way."

At 19–5, Fangmeyer and the Warriors come in as the No. 6 seed, taking on number three Exeter–Milligan on Thursday at Lincoln Southwest.

Tip–off is at 7 p.m.

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