Small in numbers but big in heart, the Wirt County Lady Tigers are hungry for their first victory of the season. Even though they have a 0-3 record their determination, persistence, and teamwork are the foundation for better things to come. Senior leadership is provided by Loden Campbell and Taylor Anderson who have four years of experience as a Lady Tiger basketball player.
Taylor Anderson said her personal goals are, “To stay a leader on the court and to not get down on myself.”
Our ladies recently played against Ritchie County. Near the end of the 1st quarter, our Lady Tigers were up by 4. Our girls continued to stick with them into the 4th period, but fell short at the end of the game. The final score was 32:46. Despite the team’s losses, they are only improving and learning how to play as a team.
Head coach, Mike Hughes said, “This year is unfortunately another growing year, it will be tough work for the girls, but they have to keep their heads on straight and play each minute to get better. Tough throwing our freshman into the mix so soon in their varsity career, but it will only help them get better. We will win some games if we keep improving. We have managed to get better each game so far, and we have some games coming up we will be more competitive, so some wins are in our future.”
Battling older teams is an obstacle for the Wirt Lady Tigers. With such little experience on the bench, it is difficult for the players to not be over-worked throughout the game.
However, Taylor Anderson is not letting this drawback keep her from giving it her all. She said, “It’s bitter sweet, and I’m going to play every game like it’s my last.”
The team is young this year. Despite the fresh faces on the court, Emma Wyer, Anastasia Brown, Shelby Simonton, and Madelynn Lynch are able to hold their own. Joining the team and going straight to varsity is a big difference from 8th grade basketball. They don’t seem to crack under the pressure though. When given varsity game time, they prove their determination and willingness to improve throughout their high school career.
Anastasia Brown shed some light on how it feels to be a freshman on varsity. She said, “Pretty good, kind of sad considering we don’t have enough people for a junior varsity.”
The drive to have an exceptional last year is high in the two seniors. They are determined to help lead the team through the many obstacles they will be facing. Both seniors are on the court, giving it their all and motivating the underclassmen to step up and perform together as a team.
Commenting on her senior year, Loden said, “It’s sad. It makes me want to work really hard and everyone else work really hard.”
Our Lady Tigers would love to see you come out and support them. Their next home game is January 5, 2018. Come cheer for your Wirt County Lady Tigers as they play against the Calhoun County Lady Devils.