Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – “Only returning two starters from last year’s Sweet 16 team, I expect some growing pains,” said Jason Fisher, coach of the Edgewood Lady Wildcats before tipping off Monday night.
Someone forgot to tell his charges about those “growing pains” as they left Coosa Valley all sorts of discombobulated on the short end of a 52-16 score. Lindsey Brown and Madison Martin led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points and 12 points respectively. Avery White chipped in with nine as the Wildcats pounced on the Lady Rebels from the tip, scoring 18 unanswered.
Fisher: “For me, I’ve been focused on finishing the season better than we did last year. With the players we have it looks like we can do it on paper, but taking what we look like on paper and putting it on the court will be the challenge we will face this year. After a good summer of playdates and team camp at Troy University where we faced several very good public school teams, I like the direction our program headed. Every coach wants to win championships, and I’m no different. But I do want my girls to know that what we do is always bigger than winning championships.”
The Lady Wildcats – who tipoff the new campaign undefeated – ended last season with a Sweet 16 loss to Macon East and finished the year 11-7.
Fisher: “We cannot focus on what happened last year, so we are focusing on one game at a time and letting the season play itself out.”
With that said – the Lady Wildcats return five with on-court experience from last season’s 11-win team. Fisher is expecting the returning starter Lindsey Brown to be the team’s rally-leader.
Fisher: “Brown is a returning starter and will be the floor captain making sure these girls gel on and off the floor. Senior Emma Weldon is another returning starter and is expected to play a huge role in our offense. Senior Molly Snow was our sixth-woman, coming in off the bench last year for offensive purposes and will step into a new role this year as a big defender. Freshman Avery White was moved up from JV toward the end of the year last year and will play a huge role offensively and defensively for us this year.”
The Lady Wildcats also picked up the services of Jaylyn Strength (transferred in from Autauga Academy last season) but had to sit the year due to transfer rules.
Fisher: “Jaylyn will come in and help us in adding another scorer and ball handler to our team. We’ve also added three more transfers over the summer that will give us a boost on the floor.”
Edgewood picked up Madison Martin from Helena and Senior Kennedy Mensch from Auburn High.
But the Lady Cat’s can’t rest on their laurels, celebrating this one victory.
Fisher: “When (Boys) Coach (Darryl) Free and I built our schedule, we wanted to play the best. We know the area we are in, so those teams won’t change from last year. But we did add two tournaments: The Pepsi Classic at Macon-East and a tournament at Lakeside over Christmas break. I really like the schedule we have because it will make us focus on taking things one game at a time.”
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