PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) -- Perhaps one of your family members stood out in the cold, wrapped themselves in a dozen layers of clothing to stand outside of a store and went Black Friday shopping, spending your money in the process. For Pineville girls head basketball coach Matt Shafer, the only thing he wants to cash in on is a worthy team in 2013-14.
"I know we were young and this year, we still are young,” head coach Matt Shafer, who is entering his fourth season, said. “We have one senior and two juniors but we have a lot more experience. We do have five sophomores and a lot of our girls got big time varsity minutes in high stakes games last year so I'm really because I think for the first time since I have been here every single girl in my locker room can contribute in some way -- that's something, as a coach, to know that you can look down the bench and throw any one of them in there, that's a good feeling.”
The Lady Lions finished with a .500 record last season – sort like that mediocre casserole you may have had on Thanksgiving – and Shafer’s team is not settling for mediocrity this year. They think they all have the ingredients to win.
"In the past years,” senior shooting guard Devin Enix said, “we have had a lot of girls with not a lot of experience.”
“We really haven't had a deep bench. When people get tired and want to come out and need just a break or a breather, we do not have anyone come in and not go down by a lot. This year, I feel confident that, when our other girls do go in for us, we will be able to stay in the game and stick in there and be able to have a break and refresh, and then come back in and do what we do."
"We do not really have any weak links,” Emily Mullins, a junior guard said. “I guess (if we do) it's our height. We do not really have any height at all. We are all really short, but I think our speed will make up for that."
"We are really short but we make up for it in our defense and in our boxing out,” junior guard/forward Rachel Barnes said. “Because I mean, we do get rebounds and we play well on defense, but our height kills us sometimes because we cannot match up with the other teams' big girls and we just make up up with it with our speed and our rebounding."