• Lilia Starnes | Assistant Sports Editor

Basketball set to begin season

The GC women’s basketball team begins their season with a confidence gained from their 2017-18 season. With three returning seniors and five new freshmen, the Bobcats look forward to a competitive season.

The Bobcats ended their 2017-18 season 14-8 in the PBC, coming short in the semifinals by three points. The team plans to go even further than last year by having a strong team bond and a hard work ethic.

“The ladies did a great job of buying into the preseason and working hard being together and just realizing the importance of being in shape and getting stronger to prepare for our upcoming season,” said head coach Maurice Smith.

The team has made some slight changes in order to accommodate to their players and their positions. With one dominant post player and a group of talented guards, the Bobcats plan to use their space and attack the basket.

“We have a very talented freshman class this year who is very versatile and athletic and can play a number of positions,” Smith said. “On the top end, we have a very experienced group while the bottom group is very inexperienced but very talented, and of course we have some returners back that are going to contribute.”

Smith plans to rely on the experience of the seniors to distinguish roles on the team and to help

the younger players in the group.

“Establishing roles and everybody knowing their roles to the team right now is going to be a huge part of our success, and that is the next phase that we are going into right now before the season begins,” Smith said.

Memorable returners include juniors Dail Adaway and Dionna Hartfield and sophomores Christen Copeland, Kenyatta Storms, Sadie Cleveland and Dakota Williamson.

In preparation for her last year on the court, senior guard Shay Tarver craves a winning season to make up for the way their 2017-18 season ended.

“Our team goal for the season is to win the conference tournament since we came short last year in the semifinals by three points in a game that we should’ve won, so I feel like that will drive us this year,” Tarver said.

Tarver, who has been a valuable asset to the Bobcats, aims to the best leader possible in order to help her team reach its championship goal.

“This year, our focus is to push the pace and beat people down the court,” Tarver said. “We have a lot of athletic new players that we feel can really get in transition and help us out. We also focus on the defensive end, just like last [season] where we made our mark.”

In the upcoming season, the team plans use their experiences from the 2018 semifinals as motivation to go further and win the whole championship.

The Bobcats first game will be away on Nov. 9 against Wingate at 5 p.m.

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