PRESTONSBURG – Defending 58th District girls’ basketball champion Prestonsburg has been without senior guard Tiffany Meadows and sophomore forward forward Nicole Burchett. One of the 15th Region’s top girls’ basketball players, Burchett is the reigning Floyd County Conference Player of the Year.
“We practiced and played from June 1-20,” Prestonsburg Coach Brandon Gearheart said. “We were without our leading scorer and Floyd County Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Meadows and sophomore forward Nicole Burchett all summer. Tiffany was having gallbladder issues and Nicole had an injured wrist. I took them to Transy team camp where we won one game and were competitive in the rest. We hosted our summer tournament – the Summer Sizzle – this past Saturday. It was an eight-team tournament and everybody was guaranteed three games. We lost to East Ridge in the first round but rebounded and closed the summer with two wins over Buckhorn and Hazard. Shelby Valley and Johnson Central played on our championship game and it was a dandy. Johnson Central came out on top but it was close all the way through.”
Several players took to the court for the Prestonsburg girls’ basketball program earlier in the month.
“I got a chance to play a lot of our young players a ton and get them some minutes against varsity competition,” Gearheart commented. “Losing Elizabeth Prater and Shantale Collins at the guard spots made us really young. We are going to have to develop our guards to remain competitive in the region and district. Our schedule is brutal and we will continue to play the best teams we can. I think we will have some growing pains but I’m excited about the challenge of year three. They are a great bunch of girls. This next season’s team will be a lot like my first year – young and inexperienced. We will just continue to set the bar high and believe in one another.”
The Lady Blackcats concluded the 2014-15 season 16-14 following a loss to 57th District runner-up Sheldon Clark in the opening round of the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
Prestonsburg is scheduled to visit perennial 14th Region title contender Knott County Central for a season-opener on Nov. 30.