BETSY LAYNE, Ky. -- With four returning starters, the Betsy Layne Bobcats are looking forward to a fresh start.
"The strongest part is going to be our press," junior guard Peyton Case said. "We going to try to get out on people defensively, get up in them and try to get some easy lay ups, just get after people."
Just like the Ladycats, the Bobcats fell short in the 15th region last year, losing to Sheldon Clark.
"We have got four starters back and we have got several other key players back that saw a lot of minutes last year," longtime head coach William Newsome said. "We feel like depth is going to be one of our strong points this year. We are going to be a pretty quick team. We are going to try to play an up tempo game. We feel like we have a good shooting team so our offense should be fine."
"If we can compete on the boards and play defense, we feel like we will be OK."
The Bobcats have prided themselves on defense for a long time and the expectations are simple: get to Rupp Arena.
"We are basically rivals of everybody in the district because it's usually very even," said Dylan Meade, a senior guard. "Even if you think you are a lot better than a team, you cannot go in and play any of the teams in our district and think that because you will get beat. And I think it's a lot different than most districts in our region."
Said senior forward Dylan Hamilton: "Anything less than a state title ... I mean that's everything anybody wants. I mean anything less than that, what are you playing for?"