SOMERSET, Ky (WYMT) - The Southwestern Lady Warriors are motivated, not by the hype surrounding this season, but by what happened to them last season.
Junior Point Guard Destiny Molden talked about what happened last season, “The last memory that everyone has of us, is being down and losing by 11 to a team we beat by 30, and that puts a lot of fire to us, and come out and prove everyone wrong.”
Sophomore Center Elisabeth Lantham remembered it as well, “Last season of course we lost the last game, and it was a big upset. I feel like we can take that loss, and all that anger we have and put it through this season.”
Senior Guard Allie Venable wants that loss to motivate them into this year, “Last year, it didn't end how we wanted it to be. So we have to add that fuel to our fire this year and push further than we've gotten in the past.”
With a new head coach, the girls are excited for the change of pace.
Sophomore Guard Samantha Fitzgerald said, “We’ll be more after it more ready and definitely more active, and more fast paced this year. I think that's really going to help us a lot.”
New Head Coach Stephen Butcher talked goals for his team, “If we can control the things we can control, that are within our grasp, we'll be just fine. I've told them since day one, we won't get out-talented. I'm fully confident in their abilities to do those things. As long as I don't screw it up. I think we'll be ok.”
This Lady Warrior team has been together for a long time, and they think this is their year to bring home their first 12th Region Title.
Senior Center Sydney Fourman thought about what it would mean to bring a 12th Region title home, “These girls are great. We push each other everyday in practice, getting that region championship would make it that much better.”
Junior Guard Brittany Combs said, “Since we've been together since 4th grade, our chemistry is going to be there. It's just a new coach, new intensity. He just really motivates us to be the best we can. We are still the same group of girls, just new coach.”
Junior Guard Adison Corder said, “We got upset last year in the region and that game has stayed in our mind ever since. I think we just have the same goal to win district and be the first team to win region for our school and make some noise in state.”
Junior Center Dylana Fothergill said, “It gives us an extra push for what we want to accomplish, and didn't last year.”
Junior Guard Megan Stevens said, “We have great chemistry and we all work together as a team, and we all have work ethic to make sure we get to where we want to.”