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ALINA SANDUSKY
By QUINCY BURT quincyburt@yahoo.com First things first, summer basketball is not the same as regular season basketball. Some teams don’t have their full rosters and, well, it’s just not the same. That being said, after a 6-24 campaign last season for the Casey County girls’ basketball team, a successful summer season is a welcomed change of scenery. New coach Tara Weddle is excited about the progress. “The girls played hard and with a lot of heart,” Weddle said of the summer success. “We aren’t happy though. Summer games are just that, summer games. They are an entire different species than the season. We have a lot of work to do still, but we have the heart to do it.” Almost every KHSAA team gets in their summer games by going to team camps and other events where several games can be played over the course of a few days, essentially getting in a school season’s worth of games in around two months. There aren’t any true stats kept and almost all of the pressure is non-existent, but you play to win the game. “It’s really just a time to play and focus on improvement,” Weddle said. “I think the whole team improved and will continue to improve throughout the year. Every individual is important to the team in his or her own individual way. We need everyone to have success.” The team is still very young with only one senior in Sarah Harne while there are just two Lady Rebels in their junior season (Myla McGowan and Lacey Brown) and one sophomore (Brenna Hayes). There are seven freshmen, with several that played quite a bit of varsity minutes last season - Lauren Lee, Lotte Gertler, Natalie Duggins, Abbie Parton, Gena Cravens, Shayla Wilkey and Mackenzie Cundiff. The roster also included two seventh graders in Natalie Pierce and Jaylee Yocum. The Lady Rebels went 21-6 in the fast-paced, short summer season. “I am proud of what we did,” Weddle said. “But, we have a lot of work to do. I do have all the confidence in the world in the girls to come in and come together and work hard to accomplish big things.” “I think our greatest strength throughout the summer was coming together,” added Weddle. “The more we see ourselves as a family and as one, the stronger we are. Also, the more we see the benefit of pushing each other, the more we will improve.”
Lady Rebels show improvement in summer games

First things first, summer basketball is not the same as regular season basketball. Some teams don’t have their full rosters and, well, it’s just not the same.
That being said, after a 6-24 campaign last season for the Casey County girls’ basketball team, a successful summer season is a welcomed change of scenery.
New coach Tara Weddle is excited about the progress.

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