Second year Lady Cats Basketball Coach Brittney Tisdell says the first official day of practice is always exciting for her. The Lady Cats began practice Wednesday (October 23) minus players still involved in volleyball. Three players on the varsity roster last year were in the gym: Kate Womack, Latavia Smith and Colbria Harrison. Coach Tisdell says she has her players working on getting in shape and on fundamentals. The Lady Cats lost four starters off of last years team to graduation. Fifth starter, Nylah Lindley is on the varsity volleyball team. Coach Tisdell says she has been asked a lot who’s going to end up on the varsity and her answer is she doesn’t know right now. She says she will not know until she gets all the players into the gym to see how they perform. Coach Tisdell says she has a move-in, Hannah Cordell, from Whitehouse and several girls have indicated they will not play basketball this year (Kerie Wright and Alayah Abron). The Lady Cats only scrimmage will take place Saturday, November 2 at the High School beginning at 9 a.m. Commerce, Saltillo and Emory Rains will also be participating. The Lady Cats first game against Mineola will take place the following Saturday, November 9 at Sulphur Springs Middle School. There will be a JV contest at 9 a.m. with a varsity game to follow. Coach Tisdell says the current uncertainty about her varsity roster will be crazy, challenging but also fun. She says she believes her second year will be easier than the first because now the girls know what she expects from them. Last year Coach Tisdell’s Lady Cats had a 24-8 record. They went 6-4 in district play earning a third place seed in the playoffs. The Lady Cats’ season ended in Winona in a bi-district loss to Jacksonville.
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