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Roundball Preview: Pikeville Lady Panthers

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Pikeville Lady Panthers won 15 games in Bobby Spears' first season at the helm, but the players are focused on one loss as they prepare for this season.

The Lady Panthers' season ended with a 62-47 loss to East Ridge in the 59th District tournament. This season though the attitude and focus is on the defense and Spears says that will be the strength of this year's team.

"I really think the most impressive part of this team will be the defense and rebounding," says Spears, who is entering his second second season with the program. "I really do, and we've got good size. We can go inside and battle with you, and we can go up and down the floor. I just think, I think we'll be a complete team."

"I expect us to be really good and fast because we have a quick team, and our defense will be good," says freshman guard Savanna Nunemaker.

"If we play to our full potential we could go all the way but it's really up to us and how hard we're willing to work," adds Emma Looney, a junior forward/center. "We just have to go in each practice and try our best and work hard and try to get better each day."

"I think all of us still have a bitter taste in our mouths from the loss in the district, and that motivates me personally, and I hope our team every day," says Rachel Potter, who is the only senior on this season's Lady Panther team. "I would love to see us make it past that first round of district and hopefully somewhat far in the region if not win the region. You never know. Like Coach said, luck is everything and with hard work anything is possible, and I think our team definitely has the talent this year."

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