PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Pineville Mountain Lions will have a new look this season; not just their lineup after graduating several key seniors, but their style of play.
Head coach JD Strange feels like this season's team will have the make up to be able to run the floor and play a more up-tempo style of basketball, and the players believe it will be an easy transition from what was a half court style of play.
"It's going to be a fun bunch to watch because they can get up and down the floor, and I really feel like they like each other a little bit and they appreciate each other," says Strange. "As long as they can identify their strengths then they'll know that's where they're going to be, but they're going to be fun. They're going to be fun to watch. They were real fun to coach this summer, and I'm looking forward to it."
"We can adapt pretty easily because we have the guys with the skill set this year that can run that style of offense and stuff," says senior center Dalton Ledbetter. "I'm looking forward to doing it with these guys."
"We're going to run the floor a lot more and be able to score more points. I believe we're going to cause more havoc on defense," adds junior guard Cody Collett.
"We can run the floor. That's a trait that we have that last year's team didn't possess," says senior forward Conner Ford. "I think we'll be alright; being in shape obviously, pressing, just cause havoc. Force a lot of turnovers and score a lot of buckets."
"We got some athletic kids that will be able to run the court. Last year we couldn't run as fast as we wanted to, but I think we'll be alright this year," says Isaac Longworth, a junior guard.
Adds senior John Robbins, "I think when it is all said and done a lot of teams are going to have a lot of trouble and a lot of havoc with us, when it comes down to it."