Lady Dawgs get season bouncing tonight; Season opener at home against Prestonsburg…
LOUISA, KY – Tonight the Lady Dawgs basketball team opens the season at home against Prestonsburg along with a new coaching staff. Coach Roger Harless stepped down back in the summer as head coach after leading the Dawgs the last two years and produced back-to-back 20 win seasons.
Replacing Harless is head coach Melinda Feltner with assistant coaches Kristi and Mark Cavins by her side.
Coach Feltner is a 1995 graduate of LCHS which she played basketball and furthered her career at Alice Lloyd College. She has been teaching at Louisa East Elementary for the last 13 years. Her assistant coaches: Kristi is a former stand out basketball player that graduated in 1989 from Tolsia High and scored over a 1,000 points in her career as a Rebel. Her husband Mark played basketball and is a graduate of Ft. Gay High School.
“My coaching staff and I couldn’t be more excited to get our season underway with our first game against Prestonsburg,” said coach Feltner. “The returning players from last year have been working extremely hard to build on last year’s success. They are ready to step up and take on more roles.”
“Our team will have a more balanced attack this year and this will give our players a great opportunity to show what they can do. Anytime you lose a player like Taylor Porter, it’s going to shift to the team. We have to make sure we get better every day. It will take some time and experience but I like how far our team has come since October 15th.
“We have been focusing on teamwork and hard work with them daily. Teamwork, works and hard work, works!! They’re an amazing group of ladies and my coaches and I have enjoyed working with them everyday! We are excited to take the hard wood and get the season started! Hope everyone will come out and support the Lady Dawgs.”
With only 2 seniors graduating last year, LC’s Kristen Bellomy is the lone senior on this year’s squad. The junior class is the dominant class for the Dawgs returning all 5 players from last season including Shelby Hay, Savannah Cyrus, Laken Fitch, Caroline Clevenger, & Kelli Lemaster. Sophomores consist of Layken Chapman and Destiny Chapman, these two girls will see a lot of action from the hardwood as they will be part of Varsity and JV. Andrea Salyer and Kara Williamson are the two Freshman with 8th grade teammates Semarra Akers and Hannah Rucker. Seventh grader Alexis Ratliff takes up the final spot as these 13 girls make up the Varsity squad.
Both Layken & Destiny Chapman, Salyer, Akers, Rucker, Shelby Skeens, Lexi McIntosh will be part of the JV team. Seventh graders Alexis Chapman, Kelly Davis, Sheree Hay and 6th grader Kassadi Cavins round out the final spots for the Dawgs JV.
Come out tonight and support the Lady Dawgs as the JV begins at 6:00 pm with the Varsity starting at 7:30 pm against the Blackcats.
See 2013-14 schedule and rosters HERE