By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Lady Wolverine basketball team tipped off its season with a scrimmage against Unity Christian on Tuesday, Nov. 16th. The Lady Wolverines will also play in a Thanksgiving tournament at Ridgeland High School on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m., against Coahulla Creek then on Monday, Nov. 22nd at 4 p.m., against Ringgold High School, and the last game of the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Tournament will be on Tuesday, Nov. 23 against Heritage High School at 1 p.m.
Coach Regena Logan gave the following preview of the upcoming season and what to look for from the Lady Wolverines.
Five seniors – Kami Counts, Olivia Tierce, Stella Henry, Emma Heard, and Kristen Fowler – lead this year’s Lady Wolverine basketball team.
Counts has been on the varsity team all four years and we are expecting big things from her in the post and from the perimeter as she is coming back from an ACL injury that sidelined her this past summer.
Tierce is another senior that has been on the varsity team for all four years, and she brings speed and quickness but during the off-season worked hard on improving her shot. She has been a defensive stopper for us, but we look forward to seeing what she does offensively as well this year.
Henry moved back to Dade last year and was a great addition to the team. She plays multiple positions and will be helping the team in the point guard and power forward position when she is released to play (sidelined with a shoulder injury from softball).
Heard is a shooting guard that took last season off, but we are glad she is back on the basketball court this season. She has a beautiful shot, and we are looking forward to seeing what she can accomplish as she will play shooting guard, backup point guard, and some minutes as power forward for us this season.
Fowler is a spark plug for the team and we are glad she has decided to play her senior year after taking two years off from basketball. Fowler is another senior that was sidelined during the summer due to a softball injury but since the start of the season she has been pushing herself daily to improve in every aspect of the game.
We have several other young ladies that you will enjoy watching play along-side our five seniors. Ali Thompson (junior) is a returning guard who takes on the point guard position previously held by Jayda Wood (graduated last year and plays basketball at Berry College), Thompson was an offensive threat from the three-point line, and she can get to the rim and finish as well.
Brooklyn Konrad, our six foot sophomore post, will see more minutes at the varsity level and has been working extremely hard during the off season. She has spent many hours during the off-season playing AAU basketball and working on skill development. We are excited to see what she will accomplish this season in the post position.
Andrea (Andi) Norwood is another sophomore that will see more minutes this season and she, like Konrad, has spent many hours in the gym working on her shot.
Abby Dwyer (junior) will see minutes as her health allows her to, she is battling back from some back issues, and we are easing her back into the lineup. Dwyer has a very nice shot and was the leading scorer many games while on the JV team.
Kaitlyn Stinnett (junior) was off to a great start as an undersized post player in our practices when her shoulder pain from a softball injury became more than she could practice through. Stinnett is sidelined for at least six weeks and will be re-evaluated at that point to see how she feels.
As you can see, we are facing several injuries with our upperclassmen, but our underclassmen will have an opportunity to show us what they can do. Sophomores KK Castleberry and Kayleigh Warnock will step up to help with the varsity guard rotation and both young ladies had a great summer improving on skills as well as gaining confidence.
Some of our other Lady Wolverine basketball players to watch on JV are: Kendly Phillips, Lex Atterton, Adilynn Gross, Zariah Hughes, Alyson Jenkins, Brianna Marlowe, and Kinsley Pryor. These young ladies have been working extremely hard and it has been a pleasure watching them improve daily.
Coach Logan is starting her fifth year as the Dade County High School head coach of the Lady Wolverine basketball program. She has expressed that if practices are any indication of what the season will look like it should be very energetic and fun to watch. These young ladies have been working hard, challenging themselves and teammates to improve each practice while bringing a lot of energy and intensity. Come out and support your 2021-2022 Lady Wolverines this season.