BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - With their recent championship in the Bowman Classic the Barbourville Lady Tigers are now 9-1 on the season, and off to the best start in program history.
"It's kind of surreal because we've worked really hard, and we deserve it," says junior guard Amber Mills. "We have one loss, and in my eyes, I think we should have won, but it's still, I mean we're doing the best that we can, and we're going to keep working hard."
"I think this is one of the best teams that the school has ever had, and you can tell around, you know, people are talking about the girls. In the school, their classmates are starting to come out to games, and the girls just have a positive attitude," adds head coach Andrea Hillard. "They don't want to lose that feeling of, that winning feeling."
With a roster led by seven juniors, this is a team that has played together for quite some time, and their success is a reflection of their hard work and commitment to a team-first concept.
"I think that plays a big part; the experience, the team concept, not just one, not just two, but a full team, and that has really gotten them a long way," says Hillard. "They really buy in to what, and believe what I'm telling them that it will provide success if they continue to believe."
"Well, we see ourselves as a family. We work together. We're not a single team. If one of us is down, there's another one to pick us up," says K.K. Liford, a junior guard.
Despite the early season success, the Lady Tigers know there is a lot to work on, and they will continue to take things one game at a time.
"I feel like there are lots of things that we can work on, and need to work on, and will work on, and the girls understand that they, you know, they've taken the beatings, so I'm hoping that that mental, that mentality of winning doesn't get too large and that they stay grounded," says Hillard.
Barbourville has a tough stretch of games coming up, and it begins on Thursday in the Candy Cane Classic at South Laurel when they take on the 11-1 Lady Black Bears of Harlan County.