If there is one thing new Mount View girls basketball coach Latonia Foster knows about, it’s how her teams will play.

“Starting out, I hope they can bring what I and my assistant have taught them,” the first-year coach said. “We hope that we can come out and be a winning team because I like to win. It’s okay to lose if you give it all that you’ve got but if you lose and you gave up, then I don’t like that.

“I hope that they will be a winning team. That’s what I want from them. I want them to be a defensive team that has good sportsmanship and respect towards the other team.”

Foster has been coaching the Mount View middle school program for the past few years. Before that, she was a standout athlete for Northfork in the early 80’s. Foster brings the same fire and desire to her coaching that she did to her playing career.

“Hopefully, I can motivate them and build them into a team that I’m used to coaching and playing for.” Foster said. “I know they won’t be a team like I was on when I was in high school, but hopefully, we can get them somewhere in that standard.”

Alexis Montgomery is the Golden Knights most versatile player. The 5-foot-6 sophomore can play the point guard, shooting guard and forward positions for Foster.

“She gives everything that she has,” Foster said. “(Montgomery) gives 100-percent.”

Sophomore Dominique Newbill is penciled in as a starter at either guard or forward for the Knights.

Junior Brittany Blankenship will play in the paint at forward or center.

Lavonda Hale will get the starting nod at point guard. The 5-5 junior will also see time at the other guard slot.

Junior Sonya Welch will be in the guard mix as well.

Desiree Cleage has been slowed by injuries but the junior will see plenty of time at forward and center this season.

“I think we’re going to be pretty decent,” Foster said. “We’re going to have to have speed because we don’t have any height.”

Two seniors, Ashley Powell and Tanjaneika Smith, will come off the bench at forward for the Knights.

“My team is young,” Foster said. “I have two 12th graders but neither has played at the high school level. One played in junior high but the other one has never played.”

Junior Tina Martin, sophomore Megan Walker and freshman Kym Lawson complete the Mount View bench.

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