HI HAT -The South Floyd Lady Raiders’ 2015-16 season ended short of capturing a 58th District championship and advancing to the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament. South Floyd, however, continued to show improvement on the court. The Lady Raiders exited the 2015-16 season with a 12-13 record.
“When I first started coaching, I sat down with my assistants and decided the main focus was to change the culture for South Floyd girls’ basketball,” South Floyd Coach Justin Triplett confided earlier in the week. “Leighann Hall and Brooke Potter were our leaders as sophomores at this time. Now, looking back after we just wrapped up their senior year, we didn’t reach our goal of a district championship but the program has grown tremendously since the 1-23 and 5-21 seasons.”
The Lady Raiders fared well early in the 2015-16 season.
“This season started out great with a 5-2 start but also hit a rough patch with us going 2-8,” Triplett noted. “We fought hard to win four games in a row before a tough loss to a good Prestonsburg team in the district tournament. Looking back on our season I think we achieved my initial goal – to change the culture of South Floyd girls’ basketball. We return a good team next year with three seniors in Jessie Tackett, Cheyann Light and Taylor Berger, who finished fourth in the state in rebounding. Cheyann took on a new role as our point guard this year and proved herself to be a great passer and shooter. Jessie is a hard-nosed player who leaves it all on the floor. Along with the senior class, I feel I have a lock down defender and maybe the fastest player in the region in Brook Stumbo. Also, Katie Moore, a seventh grader last year, demonstrated her ability to score, finishing the last 10 games of the season averaging around 14 points per game.”
The South Floyd head coach is already looking forward to a busy offseason.
“During the offseason, we hope to get in a lot of games and practices,” Triplett added. “We will do a lot of individual player development as well. We will be going to the Transylvania University Team Camp over the summer. We are taking a break now as softball season is in, but hope to get back in the gym and continue to work to improve on the progress we have made over the last few years.”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.