Hoxie approaching Little River's all-time state record

Hoxie HC Shelly Hoyt, pictured w/ UConn HC Geno Auriemma, has her team at 78 consecutive wins.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Dec 17, 2014

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Shelly Hoyt doesn't like to talk a lot about her 78 consecutive games won as the head girls basketball coach at Hoxie. Although it's an accomplishment she is proud of, it's not something she keeps close track of. It's hard for the team and coach to go anywhere without someone mentioning it and feeling the pressure as they are approaching Little River's state record of 91 consecutive from 1994-1998. 

"I'll tell you its tough. People forget we are dealing with young kids. We don't talk about it at all at practice," Hoyt said. "You know the minute they walk into the community or somewhere else someone else is going to say something to them."

So how does a coach keep these young players minds away from the pressure of the streak that started back in the 2011-2012 basketball season?

"We practice to chase perfection. We work our tail off to practice perfect. We are trying really hard to keep their mind on practice. The rest of the things will take care of themselves." Hoyt said.

Perfection is something Hoxie has had over the past three basketball seasons as they have won three consecutive 1A-I state basketball titles with only one loss coming back in the 2011-2012 season. Hoxie is 105-3 dating back to when the 2010-2011 season started in December of 2010. The Indians have played in four consecutive state championship games, winning the last three consecutive.

Hoxie entered with 73 consecutive wins on the season and with a perfect 19-0 start this year would beat Little River's record. Hoyt and her team have started out at 5-0 on the season, extending the streak to 78 consecutive games, just 14 away from breaking the record.

"So far this season has went well. We are doing some good things. It's early season basketball though and we have a lot of things to work on. We are working every day to get better." Hoyt said.

Little River's state record of 91 consecutive wins under Shane Cordell went from 1994-1998. Little River, who played in 1A, mark is so impressive because they won over 5A state powers like McPherson and even knocked off the states best player of all-time,Jackie Stiles, of Claflin. 

Hoxie returns all-state selection,Carly Heim, from a year ago after averaging 15.0 points per game for the three time state champion, but the Indians are very deep this year. 

"We feel like we can go eight to ten deep, Carly will have some help," Hoyt said. 

Although nobody may talk about it in practice, the whole state is watching as Hoxie goes for perfection in 2015.