PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats started playing well at just the right time in the 2015-16 season. Prestonsburg captured a 58th District championship and reached the semifinals of the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament before ending the 20915-16 season 9-23.
“I was very proud of the way our team closed the season,” Prestonsburg Coach Brandon Gearheart commented. “The fan support shown by our community and school was unbelievable. We want to thank Blackcat Nation for getting behind our program.We fell short to Magoffin County in the final four of the region tournament. I thought Magoffin County was playing good enough to win it. It was a tough matchup for us. We played a brutal schedule and people wrote us off in our district and the region. We took that personal. The reason we take pride in and welcome a tough schedule this season was to get ready to play in the postseason. You play to win district titles and get to the sweet sixteen and we never stopped reaching that.”
Prestonsburg will be minus Tiffany Meadows when it opens the 2016-17 season. Meadows has been a longtime leader for the Lady Blackcats.
“I was proud of our senior, Tiffany Meadows, she really went out competing and playing hard,” Gearheart said. “She was a special player and we will miss her.”
The Lady Blackcats will look to carry momentum over into the 2016-17 season
“Being back-to-back district champions and our making our second straight trip to the regional semifinals was awesome for our program,” Gearheart added. “Hopefully people can now clearly see how hard our kids work to succeed. We are going to continue to play a tough schedule. We are going to try to outwork everybody in our region this summer and improve. “We will have workouts, go to camp and play a ton of games. We want to make a run at an All ‘A’ championship and a region championship next year. I think next season can really special for us. I know we have a bunch of girls coming back that want it. I coach with an exceptional coaching staff. I love our school and our community and we just want to continue to make everybody proud of us.”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.