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Making a Move

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Basketball Danielle Collins

Since Kent Cates has taken over the Brighton Lady Cardinals program, the roster has been young.
Entering year three, the Lady Cardinals still feature mostly underclassmen. With a quartet of seniors Jada, Johnson, Lilly Hill, Reagan Huffman and Marquita Jones, Cates is ready to take another step in a positive direction.
“This will be a transition year but I still don’t know if it’s going to translate into a lot wins,” he said. “We’re going to be more competitive. We will see a lot of games that we will be in it near the end. Let’s see if we’ll pull them out.
“Our lineup is still going to be young,” Cates continued. “A lot of time it will be sophomores and juniors in the game only. We do have some seniors who will contribute greatly. They will have key roles on the team.”
Although the senior Lady Cardinals will be counted on for on and off the court leadership, the bulk of the scoring last season came from underclassmen like junior Shayna Johnson and sophomores Danielle Collins and Makayla Rose.
Cates will blend that trio in with newcomers to compete in District 13-3A.
“ Marquita Jones is a senior,” he said. “She gives us some maturity and she does have a shot from the outside. We also have a transfer in from Millington in Keyona Johnson. She’s a junior this year. She definitely has an opportunity to be an outside threat for us.”
But the person in charge of distributing the ball to the shooters will be Collins. One of her favorite targets last season was Shayna.
“I’m feeling that Shayna Johnson and Danielle Collins will continue to drive our offense and are our floor leaders,” Cates said. “Our power game will be driven by Lilly Hill, Jada Johnson, Makayla Rose. At this point and time Keyona Johnson is our purest shooter, and our hard-nose players such as Bailee Beard, Lyndsey Morrissett, and Sam Sloan are going to give us solid minutes and be key contributors.”
Cates said all will have to be clicking to challenge the district favorites Munford and Dyer County. Hardin County always provides a challenge with solid all-around play.
In order for the Lady Cardinals to make a move in league, Cates said they need maturity and less turnovers.
“I’m expecting us to more competitive and pull out more games this year,” he said. “We are still a pretty young team. I feel as if we will be starting two sophomores, one to two juniors, and one to two seniors. So needless to say we are still a little on the young side. Saying all of that, we are much deeper team than we have been in the last two years.
“We have three transfers that will give us a more experience that we did not have last year along with several of the sophomores that have really been working hard in the off season,” Cates concluded. “I really feel as if we have a solid 10 or 11 players that could contribute on any given night.”

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