Lady Rangers: expectations are high for the basketball season

By Raquel Becton

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Freshman guard Averyale Joy attempts a shot

during practice. (Photo by Raquel Becton)

It is almost that time of the year again, when basketball season takes place.

The Lady Rangers take on Blue Mountain College in an exhibition game on Oct. 20.

With past seasons, Troy Howell, head coach of the Lady Rangers, hopes to improve the team’s ability to win games.

“We won 17 games a year ago. We would like to improve on that, so that we can go further in the regional tournament,” Howell said. “We just want to defeat the team that’s at the top, which is Itawamba right now.”

This season the Lady Ranger basketball team will take on Jones County at Booneville, ASU Mid-south at West Memphis, Arkansas, Hinds at Utica and Arkansas Baptist at Senatobia.

After these games, the Northwest tournament commences.

The teams the Lady Rangers will face during the tournament are Lawson State at Senatobia and Southern University-Shreveport at Senatobia.

Alyssia King, a key player for the Lady Rangers, mentions that there are a lot of great athletes and ladies who are willing to run the floor during this season.

“We look to make smart decisions for every position and the most important thing is defense,” King said.  “Defense is vital.”

With most teams, the members must have confidence in themselves and their team.

“Losing confidence last season really hurt us,” King said. “Most importantly we stopped playing team-ball.”

This season Holmes and Itawamba are two important teams that the Lady Rangers look forward to playing. King mentioned that Alontra Tucker, a sophomore at Itawamba, is one of their main players to watch out for.

“She likes to penetrate into the lane and score,” King said.

King also mentioned that Meme Hall, a sophomore at Holmes, is another player to focus on.

“She is aggressive and likes to draw contact,” King said. “We just have to control her and play smarter defense.”

Kelsey Brown, a sophomore who plays for the Lady Rangers, wants to maintain hope this season and prevail against the odds.

“Last season we broke down toward the end,” Brown said. “We have more posts and guards this year.”

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