By Beth Cox
The dedication of high school athletes starts with their commitment to summer practices; the Lady Longhorns basketball team is no exception.
Coach Leon Tolley had the girls in the gym this week practicing on the Austin Atwood court and later playing games against regional teams at King University.
Tolley emphasized that he feels summer practices allows the girls to play together and for the coach to see how his team is looking for the upcoming year.
“The girls have a long way to go, but I see a glimpse of what the team can be,” Tolley said, while stressing two areas the girls need to work on. “Taking care of the ball and scoring the ball is what we will be working on this summer. Repetition will be our key in practices.”
The Lady Longhorn coach is expecting a lot from the girls, especially his seniors. Since the Horns did not lose any seniors last year the whole varsity team will be back for the upcoming school year.
Another added benefit is that the girls have been playing together since middle school, so they know what to expect from each other. The team has great leadership qualities that is also promising to be a nice fit with their athletic abilities, all of which was evident in the games at King University this week.
Natalie Winters and Sadie Stout did a great job controlling the ball and making some important baskets, while Taylor Cox and Abby Cornett were consistent with outside shooting and passing to post players Taylor Parsons, Emmy Miller, Rhiannon Icenhour, and Hazlee Kleine all who were aggressive inside the paint with both rebounding and shooting.
Abby Lipford and Tiffany Price were significant contributors coming off the bench as both outside and post players. The girls’ basketball team made a lot of progress last year and will be a competitive force in
the Three Rivers Conference for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Lady Longhorns will traveled to Sullivan South on Tuesday for more summer basketball action.