Coach Allison Rinehart, who is in her second year, expects positive things to happen for the Stallions this season. Last season the team started out with only 8 players on the roster and many of the team members never played basketball competitively. By the end of the season, the Lady Stallions had enough players to barely field a team and make substitutions. The team did not win a game and was not competitive in some games.
However, this is a new season and the coach is optimistic, as she now has 10 committed players on the varsity roster with some good talent. She is seeking an assistant coach to help her develop a solid basketball program at the school. The coach expects to win some games and to be competitive throughout the season.
Some of this optimism comes from returning senior point guard Tiffany Lindsay. She is quick, has good dribbling and passing skills while showing leadership on the court. The shooting guard will be Faoz Francis a sophomore transfer from Charlotte United.
Another senior is Jewell Williams, a 6’2” center with good ball handling skills. Returning team Co-Captain Trinity Sutton will start at the power forward position. With newcomer freshman Ashleigh Aberly, a 6’2’’ forward, will give the Stallions some needed size up front. The coach believes this young lady could develop into a player over the next four years.
Meanwhile, the bench has potential, and there is not a large gap between the starters and some second team players who will want to fight for more playing time. Having some really good internal competition is a big plus for the Stallions, which should improve their competiveness dramatically against their opponents.
The coach’s biggest challenge is to bring this team together and to become a family. Therefore, she preaches teamwork, commitment, dedication, and fundamentals. She also believes in conditioning and being able to maintain stamina throughout the game. She works the girls hard and will run suicide drills when the players don’t make their foul shots.
The coach truly believes this team will win or lose close games on the foul line. Making a good percentage of our free throws will be key to our success this season.
Finally, she is a stickler on academics and having good grades in the classroom. By becoming a good student in school has a direct correlation to making a difference on the basketball court.
If a player is studying and getting good grades it will make them become a better student of the game and provide better basketball awareness.