HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Hazard Lady Bulldogs finished above .500 last season but fell one point short in the district tournament, losing to Leslie County 46-45.
Harold Brashear now takes over the program and has some experienced players returning, particularly a group of seniors that are cause for excitement.
"Well, the exciting thing about this senior group is they're really motivated to win now," says first-year head coach Brashear. "I mean, this is their last shot. They came in to high school with a lot of expectations. They've had kind of some bad breaks. I'm the fourth coach they've played under. They're really motivated to win now."
"It's kind of bittersweet," says Maddison Niece about her senior season. "I mean, it's the last year, so we have to make it the best, and I just have to be the leader that I need to be."
"To win district and go to All 'A' and win it. Just to have an overall good season, I think," says senior forward Brittany Miller. "I want it to be a winning season. I want to win this year."
"They've always said, 'Well, they can be good,' or, 'They think that they're good,' but I know that we can be good and we can win," says Kellie Patrick, a senior guard. "So, that's just one thing that's motivating us for this year since it's our last year an everything."
"Well, I think we're kind of considered the underdogs because we haven't shocked the people yet, but I think we have the potential in doing so," adds senior Tori Wells. "So, I want them to look as us and be like, 'Wow. They've actually done it, and they've surprised everybody.'"