GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Lady Pirates have a young team, but full of talent heading into the 2013-14 season.
Head coach Kevin Deskins says his young team is hoping to make some noise this year. The Lady Pirates will not have any seniors and only juniors, one sophomore, some freshmen and several middle school players on the roster.
Belfry will be led by 5’11” junior Emily Baker, who is starting to receive a lot of interest from various colleges, according to Deskins.
“We return four players,” Deskins said. “Obviously we return Emily. In pre-season she has been mentioned among the top prospects in the state. In a couple of publications she was listed in the top 50 in the junior class for the state of Kentucky.”
“I think she is one of the top 10 players in the region,” Deskins said. “We will need for her to score this year.”
Deskins said several colleges have contacted him concerning the up and coming junior.
“Paige Goff is another returning player,” Deskins said. “She is a shooter who plays small forward.”
“We have Jaden Cisco back, a guard, who has really improved her game,” Deskins added. “We have Candace Gillman returning – who plays the low post for us.”
One player who would have seen significant playing time is Hannah Bailey. However, she is likely out for the season with a knee injury.
“We have several younger girls coming up to fill the voids,” the Belfry coach added.
As far as coaching styles, Deskins is going to borrow from his assistant coach, former Williamson Wolfpack mentor David Hatfield.
“With respect to coach Hatfield we are going old-school Wolfpack,” Deskins said with a smile. “We are going to the 2-2-1 full court press. We’ve scrimmaged and we never came out of it. We stay in it after a made basket.”
“Then we drop back into a 2-3 and extend it out into a match-up type zone defense,” Deskins said. “We want to be aggressive on defense.”
“We have about 10 or 11 girls that can play and we will run them in and out and use a lot of players,” Deskins said of the up-tempo style.
“Hopefully our scoring will come around,” Deskins said. “We need to work on our shooting.”
That is why he hopes to get some high percentage shots around the basket out of the pressing full-court defense.
Several younger girls have moved up from the middle school ranks. Many of them will see a lot of playing time, according to Deskins.
They include point guard Ariel Mounts, Taylor Maynard, Shae Smothers, Robbi Ann Brewer and others.
“I feel that sometimes in girls’ sports you can get the best out of a player between the 7th grade and their sophomore years,” he added.
Deskins said having so many players, that practices have been competitive and the scrimmages intense, which he feels is a positive.
The Lady Pirate coach still feels like MaGoffin County and Shelby Valley are the teams to beat in the region.
Phelps and Pike Central will be in the district again. Next year Lawrence County will join the 60th District.
Deskins has a positive outlook toward the 2013-14 season.
“We’ll compete with those teams this year,” Deskins concluded.
2013-2014 Belfry High School
Lady Pirate Basketball Roster
Name Position Ht. Wt. Class
Emily Baker, G/F 6’1 135 Junior
Paige Goff, F 5-9 155 Junior
Candiace Gilman, C 5-9 165 Junior
Jaden Cisco, G 5’5 145 Junior
Kendal Adkins, F 5’4 140 Junior
Cierra Dunn, G 5’3 115 Junior
Charlie Keyser, F 5’4 135 Junior
Alyce Jones, C 6’ 140 Soph.
Lindsey Webb, C 5’10 145 Freshman
McKenzie Lowe, G 5’5 110 Freshman
Cassie Copley, F 5’6 120 Freshman
Christen Justice, G 5’2 105 Freshman
Addie Lucas, G 5’5 105 Freshman
Ariel Mounts, G 5’4 100 7th
Taylor Crum, F/C 5’8 135 8th
Taylor Horton, G 5’5 110 8th
Shae Smothers, F/C 5’7 140 8th
Stephanie Bailey, G 5’0 105 6th
Kylea Stanley, F/C 5’7 135 7th