Preseason Glimpse: Boys and Girls Basketball
By Blayke Bingham
Photos by Greg Hale of 4Him Photos
As we close out fall season sports, winter sports are just beginning. Girls and boys basketball will be kicking off over the next few weeks, starting with the Lady Cougars on Saturday December 3rd: freshman, JV and Varsity teams will face Hopkinsville at 4:30pm at home.
Recently, we spoke with senior Jessica Hines about her thoughts on the upcoming season. She stated, “I think this year will be a good year. We look promising from our performance over the summer and in our first scrimmage last week.”
As for the Cougars, they will play Saturday December 3rd at Muhlenberg County at 6pm. We also sat down with junior, Austin Rayno, and he is looking forward to this season and, most of all, the match up against the Russellville Panthers. Rayno has high expectations for his team this year as they look to seniors, Will Bingham, Robert Dancer, Jack Wright, TerVareus Bowens, and Lorenzo Garcia to lead them to a winning record.
This past week we interviewed boy’s head coach Lonnie Mason to discuss the season. He states, “The team goal I would like to accomplish this year is to see growth and maturity with each player as we work toward winning a district championship.” Coach Mason has set high standards for his team and believes in each and every player to help the team be its best. Looking ahead, Coach Mason is after the district rival, Russellville Panthers, because he says it “brings the best of both teams and fans.” Clash of the Cats will be held on January 6th at Russellville and on January 27th here at Logan County.
Coach Finley, the girls basketball coach, has also talked recently about the teams goals. Each year, she asks every player to write down three personal goals and three team goals. She then compiles them into a list and posts them in the team locker room. It reminds players every day to strive to reach their goals both personally and individually. This year the team’s motto is “Play Hard, Play Smart, and Play Together.” Before every game, Finley reminds her players of this goal because she believes it is a good representation on how to put forth one’s best effort when stepping on the court.
The first boy/girl double header at LCHS will be on December 9th against Franklin-Simpson. Lady Cougars are looking to continue their Back-Back-Back District Champions, while the boys are looking for their first district championship since the 2014-15 season. Come out and support your Cougars!