Hoops Preview: Towns County Lady Indians
Towns County’s overall record wasn’t too impressive last season at 8-18, but the Lady Indians performed well down the stretch and won the more meaningful region games. Coach Shea Taylor in his first season over the program guided Towns to the state tournament, and he will be looking to take another big step this season.
HEAD COACH: Shea Taylor (2nd Season)
2021-22 RECORD: 8-18, Region 8-A Public 4th Place, 1A Rnd 1
RETURNING STARTERS: 4. Sarah Shook (SR), Tabitha Barnes (SR), Laura Mauldin (JR), Kaleigh Beaver (SO)
KEY DEPARTURES: Emily Vargas, Payton Calvert
KEY PLAYERS: Shook, Barnes, Mauldin, Beaver, Emma Lallement (JR), White County transfer Brelan Sieveking
OFFENSE: Transition team that plays fast
STRENGTHS: “We are more experienced, last year we were a young team,” says Taylor. “We also have some depth this year, so we can keep starters fresh.”
BIGGEST CHALLENGES: “We will still face growing pains at times as freshmen and sophomores will be on the floor,” adds Taylor. “We need to minimize fouls this season.”
Point blank, the Lady Indians return a solid core, and newcomer Sieveking is going to be a legit playmaker. This team will aim to play a transition style and catch teams on their heels. The experience by the starters and returning players is going to be huge, and the added depth on the roster means Towns County should be fresh heading into the final stretch of each game and the season itself.
“I expect my team to finish close games and play with more poise,” adds Taylor. “They have worked very hard up to this point and now it’s time to show people what we are capable of. We enter this season expecting to win!”