The Enterprise Lady Cats made it to Class 7A’s Southeast Regional Semifinals last season after compiling a 17-13 record, but are looking to go even deeper in the playoffs this year.
Enterprise will have to replace big-time scorers like Korynn Hill and Gwen Mitchell – who is playing at ESCC now – from last season’s team, which will be a tall order.
“We lost approximately 60 percent of our scoring in two players (from last year),” Enterprise coach George Scott said. “We’ve had to up the skills of the players we have and count on five people on the court to be able to score all the time.
“We’re not bigger than anybody and may not be faster but we have some skilled players that can put the ball in the basket.”
Scott pointed to a number of Lady Cats as potential impact players this season including returning seniors and juniors like Lay-Lay McClain, Jadyn Williams, Hope Yerdon, Riley McCollough, Yasmeen Stallworth and Alayna Dean along with sophomore Jayde Pena.
“I have a lot more varsity players this year then we’ve had in the past but I think we have 10 girls that could start, so it’s like having two sets of starters,” Scott said. “We won’t lose a lot when we substitute. Not having a deep bench really hurt us late last year but this year I think we’ll have a really deep bench.
“It will be a collective effort. The offense won’t go through two players. If you’re open and it’s a good shot, shoot it.”
Scott said that the goal is always a state championship but that starts with winning the area crown.
“Our goal is to win the state championship every year but that starts with winning your area,” Scott emphasized. “We have a pretty good preseason before we start area play, so I think that’ll prepare us to win the area because we’re playing some tough opponents.”
The Lady Cats will start out the season with 2019 Class 6A semifinalist Carver-Montgomery on Monday, Nov. 11.
“I need to see them play hard and play smart basketball and we have to play together,” Scott said. “If we play principled basketball, play hard and play together we can be successful.
“Everyone has to do it, though. We have to play the correct way because we play man-to-man defense. Carver is really, really good and it’s going to be a challenge for us. I told them they have to leave it all the floor against these girls.”
Scott said that if his Lady Cats continue to improve as the season goes on, they might just reach their ultimate goals this season.
“If we continue to get better as the season progresses then I fully expect us to go deep into the playoffs,” he said. “We have skilled players, we have some experience from last year and we have some girls that can play some good defense.
“We just have to figure out – as a team – where our scoring will come from and after we find that out we’ll be pretty good.”