South relying on speed

By Jeremy Erskine -

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley South’s girls basketball team will need to rely heavily on its speed this season if they want to be successful. The Panthers bring a roster that’s chock-fullof quickness, but is greatly lacking in the height department.

“We’re going to play the type of basketball that matches our skillset. I believe in putting the players in a position where they are going to succeed. We’re still learning what that is,” said first year coach Jeff Case. “Our speed will allow us to get up and down the floor and to press. You can expect an up-tempo look from us. That’s okay. Teams are going to figure that out pretty quick, but we have to execute out of it.”

They only graduated one player from last year’s roster – post player Abby Horton – so they do return plenty of varsity experience from a season ago. But the team still has plenty of work cut out as they only managed three wins just a season ago – often undersized and limited on second chance opportunities.

Case, in his first season, is trying to create a foundation for his team that, as of late, hasn’t had much success in the win column.

“We need to establish a good fundamental base in all things that we do. We need to define ourselves, find what we’re good at and focus on those things to establish success,” he said. “Our expectations this year are going to be to put ourselves in competitive situations, take it to the next level where we can be a little more consistent in winning games.”

And through the first few weeks of tryouts and scrimmages, Case has noticed that competitive spirit.

“Everybody has to do their part. We have to work together as a team. So far, things have been going pretty good. We’ve had our first scrimmage and I thought we competed very well. The girls played hard. We’re going to need a lot of heart and a lot of effort to continue to progress,” he said.

The Panthers kick off their season on the road, playing Miami East at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Their home opener will be on Tuesday, Dec. 1 against Milton Union with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

By Jeremy Erskine

Jeremy can be reached at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

Jeremy can be reached at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.