Even though the Denison Lady Yellow Jackets came up one basket short of program history, it still showed how far they had come.
Without any seniors on the roster, Denison tripled its win total from last year, when it was 7-21, made the playoffs, earned a playoff victory and won at least 20 games — all last done in 2005-06.
The Lady Jackets finished at 21-11 with a 44-43 loss against Trimble Tech in the area round, almost getting to the third round for the first time in program history.
Denison almost won as many games this year as the previous four seasons combined (22) and went from last place in the district standings to third.
The Lady Jackets earned eight victories in 5-5A action, which was more than the six they won in district from 2012-16.
They were led by a stingy defense that routinely held opponents under 40 points and a core of underclassmen ready to break out of the decade-long malaise. And when they did they almost had a moment never seen before.
“It was pleasantly surprising for me to see it come together,” Been said. “It speaks volumes to the kids buying into the program.”
For his efforts, Been has been named the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season.