JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - Like many teams across the WYMT coverage area the Breathitt County Lady Cats will be under new leadership this season as Wallace Bates makes the move from Jackson City.
Bates is looking to implement a new style with the Lady Cats, and wants his new team to play more intensity, and the players believe if they can buy in they can have a very successful season.
"One thing I really try to work on and focus on this year is intensity," says Bates, who went 11-17 last season with Jackson City. "I think, I want us to play under desperation the whole time we're on the floor. If you're up 20 you're down 20. I want that same full throttle, 100 percent the whole time, and I think that's just going to be a big change for the kids."
"I think we have the chances to do really good this year," says senior forward Allison Herald. "We only lost one girl last year, and I think we'll be great."
"We're actually getting up and down the floor, and we're moving around a lot more, and we're running all kinds of different plays and all kinds of stuff," says Kirsten Sizemore, a senior guard.
"Of course we want to go on to win region and go on to state, but also the team and the bonding because I'd like to go win, but I'd like to go win as a family," adds senior Kayla Gross.
"We know that we have the talent to win, and that we can come together and we can show everybody that we can actually win," says Carissa Hatton, a junior center. "Most people underestimate us, and we can show them that we're better than that."