TELL CITY — Tell City girls’ basketball has more wins this season than their last two seasons combined. As they head into their final stretch of games, this young team is all making strides while growing alongside first-year head coach Doug Lane.

At a 5-13 record, Tell City has been trying to adjust to injuries and more throughout their season. Their first-year and sophomore classes, which make up the majority of the roster, now have to step in big minutes early on. Lane is pleased even though the win column is not going the way Tell City hoped.

“We’d like to have more wins, but I’ve been extremely happy with the growth and effort these girls have given since stepping in,” Lane said. “Given the adversities they’ve been through, I’m extremely proud of how responsive they’ve been to the changes thrown their way. It’s hard to single out one player because they’ve all continued to grow and improve throughout the year.”

The belief that everyone in the program has to win can mean more success. However, there is work that Lane is well aware of to have sustained success.

“I’m a firm believer that success builds success,” Lane said. We can use this season as a building block or stepping stone to building a successful program consistently. In addition, continued success will hopefully get the younger (grade school, junior high) girls more excited about wanting to be a part of a winning program.”

Lane’s other advantage heading into this job is the familiarity with knowing the athletes growing up. He has watched them play, and now Lane uses those moments to his advantage as a coach.

“I have known most of these girls for a long time, either through their parents or softball,” Lane said. “I have never been involved in coaching them in basketball before this year. However, I’ve watched them play since they were kids and followed their progress. So I think being familiar with their strengths/weaknesses, and the comfort level of knowing each other from the start made the transition a little easier for both of us.”

Tell City, at the time of publication, will have three games remaining before they head into the playoffs. Two are against conference opponents on the road in South Spencer and North Posey. Springs Valley is the last team they face, and it will be a home game.