A large portion of the team from a year ago returns for the Brusly Lady Panthers as they look to improve on the 11-19 record from the 2017-18 season.
Brusly returns one senior in Kalena Skelton, coupled with five juniors, which include Angel Bradford for the 2018-19 campaign.
“My expectation for the most is playing each game at a high level,” said Brusly coach Shawn Bradford. “We’re at a level where we can compete with everyone.”
Angel Bradford will be relied upon heavily as the main scoring option for the Lady Panthers, but coach Bradford said there are a few players expected to step up in the scoring department this season.
“Myla Edwards was more of a defensive stopper last year, but she has improved on offense,” he said. “Hayleigh Harrison was one of our better post defenders last year, but I think she’ll be able to score more this year.”
He said it has been an ongoing process of instilling a philosophy on the court predicated on the defensive end.
“We’ve been emphasizing body language and strong defense translating into offense,” Bradford said. “We just want them to buy into what we’re trying to do.”
Brusly has had three scrimmages and the jamboree before the season begins and the coach said it has yielded mixed results.
“In the first scrimmage at home we played really well,” he said. “We scrimmaged Lee at Lee High school and we were shell-shocked. Then we scrimmaged Northwest and I think there was a leftover feeling of being shell-shocked from playing against Lee. In the jamboree, we played much better.”
Bradford said the team’s record after the first 11 games will be a good idea of how they can finish the season.
“I have a magic number,” he said. “If we hit that number, I think we’ll have a deep run this year. It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re playing some teams that will get us ready.”