Hoops Preview: White County Lady Warriors
The Lady Warriors have made the postseason in 5 straight seasons, and coach Jarvis Davenport is looking to continue that streak in 2022-23. While White County has been accustomed in recent years to having to churn over the roster and bring up the next crop of good players, this time is different as 11 total players return from an already very good team. A crowded and very difficult 7-AAA is only going to make this team that much better.
HEAD COACH: Jarvis Davenport (7th Season)
2021-22 RECORD: 13-12, Region 7-AAA 3rd, 3A State Rnd 1, #7 State Ranking
RETURNING STARTERS: 5. Naomi Roberts, Claire Beckman, Chandler Weaver, Aaliyah Anderson, Maci Shelnut
KEY DEPARTURES: Chesnee Freeman, Kendyl Cantrell, Kinsey Dockery
KEY PLAYERS: Naomi Roberts, Claire Beckman, Chandler Weaver, Aaliyah Anderson, Maci Shelnut, Zoe Burkett, Aubrey Free, Yvonne Minutello, Kylie Watkins, Emma Lightsey, Mya Yeh
OFFENSE: “We will continue to push the ball up the court looking for easy layups and transition threes,” says Davenport. “We will also continue to look for our post players who can either score or pass it to the open player.”
STRENGTHS: “Our biggest strength should be our depth and experience,” adds Davenport. “We have 11 returning players who have been through the battles and they have all worked harder than ever since our loss in the first round last year to be more complete players.”
BIGGEST CHALLENGES: “Our biggest challenge is our biggest strength, many of our players could go other places and be starters, having to sacrifice a little for the bigger picture of the team is tough to do,” states Davenport. “So I admire them for being able to make that choice right now, my hope is that it will continue during the challenging times too.”
Point blank, the Lady Warriors have a deep and talented roster. All 5 starters are back, and this team has the potential to be something special and perhaps do what the 2019-20 team did and win 20-plus games, make a run at region, and advance deep into the state playoffs.
“My expectations for us this season are for us to compete on every play, not giving up anything easy and to be better at handling pressure situations as they arise this year,” says Davenport. “The winning and losing will take care of itself based on how well we do those things.”