The investment Denton made in its young players four years ago is paying off this season.
Guard Jasmine Taylor (four-year starter) and post Jamecia Brown (three-year starter) have the Lady Broncos (18-7, 3-2 in District 4-4A) enjoying their first winning season since 2006-07, and the team looks poised to make the playoffs in 4-4A.
"We've been building this thing now for four years," said Denton head coach Dennis Krishka. "We're starting to see the fruits of our labor a little bit. We're pretty darn competitive."
Denton has come a long way since Taylor's freshman year. With the school still struggling with enrollment following the opening of Denton Guyer, the Lady Broncos won just three games in the 2008-09 season and continued to struggle with a lineup peppered with inexperienced players.
But those players are now seasoned veterans who've seen everything but the playoffs. Taylor and Brown lead the team in scoring with around 14 points per game.
Denton also has depth for maybe the first time since Krishka arrived in Denton in 2006-07. Young players that would be forced to start in previous years now fill holes around Taylor and Brown and come off the bench.
"We told them at the beginning of the year that we were going to go as far as they'd take us," Krishka said of Taylor and Brown. "We've got some nice role players that have filled in too."
The Lady Broncos currently sit in third place in 4-4A, a game behind state-ranked Wichita Falls Rider and Denton Ryan (14-8, 4-1).
To make the playoffs, Krishka believes Denton needs to improve its play on the road. The team has yet to win a road game in district play and is coming off a 53-29 thrashing at Rider in a game where Krishka said his team lacked energy.