November 22, 2012

Lady Tigers Reloading for 2012-2013 Basketball Season

Jessica Morrow is one of two returning all-conference performers for the Lady Tigers.

Often times the loss of three key seniors would signify a rebuilding season. Add to that the fact you have a first-year head coach, and Scotland County fans might be wondering what to expect from the 2012-13 version of the Scotland County Lady Tigers.

New coach Shaina Dochterman thinks fans will have plenty to cheer for this year, as she sees her squad doing more reloading, than rebuilding.

After graduating starting senior guards Cali Holt and Courtney Jackson, as well as forward Kiley Frazier, SCR-I will have to fill some key roles in the starting line-up.

Dochterman is turning to sophomore Randi Slaughter to take over at the point guard position. Slaughter got her feet wet as a freshman, seeing varsity time at the position in a backup role, while demonstrating the ability to knock down the perimeter shot.

She will be joined on the perimeter by returning starters Hailey Dial and Megan Creek. Creek will transition from predominantly a post player last season to take over the three position on offense for the Lady Tigers. The senior was an all-conference performer as a junior, leading the Lady Tigers in scoring, with a 10.7 points per game average. She also grabbed 5.7 rebounds a game.

Also returning to the starting lineup is fellow all-conference performer Jessica Morrow. The senior was the team's leading rebounder a season ago, averaging 6.7 boards a game, while also contributing seven points a game.

The second newcomer to the starting lineup will be junior Bethany Rader. She will slide into the starting center role and will give the Lady Tigers a big starting lineup.

"We're definitely going to have one of the taller starting lineups around," Dochterman said.

But don't let their size full you.

The new coach says her girls can shoot and she is planning on them getting up and down the court.

"We are going to play a lot more man-to-man defense than you have seen in the past," Dochterman said. "That was one of the biggest challenges this summer, making that transition. We really worked on getting in shape."

While the newfound stamina means the team likely will utilize some full court pressure, and definitely will be getting after it in the new man-to-man defense, Dochterman says she still plans to fully utilize her bench, which she says is a strength of the team.

Senior Katie Howard will fill the role of Frazier, who was the team's "sixth man" a year ago. The first player off the bench, Howard will be able to play a number of roles for the team, but early on Dochterman says it has been her three-point shooting that has stood out at practice.

The rest of the bench will include junior Shaye Wright and sophomores Alexis Dodge, Mazy Gray and Chelsea Burkhiser.

The Lady Tigers are set to tip off the season November 20th versus Clark County. It is only fitting that Dochterman will kick off her varsity coaching career against her former school.

"Obviously this game means a lot to me, being my first game and against my alma mater," she said. "But I think the girls are even more excited to get the season started than I am."

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