By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
First-year Louisville head girls basketball coach Jackie Laine is all about winning basketball games, but she also wants those wins to come the right way and most importantly, at the right time.
‘The girls are still learning our scheme and what we want to do, but I am very confident we will be playing well when the (end of season) tournaments come around,” she said.
While Laine does have a little experience on her team with four seniors and a junior she notes that most of her team is made up of freshmen and sophomores.
She said that experience was afforded to this year’s team last year when the team lost five players to ACL injuries over the course of the season. “They had to step up and play,” Laine said. “Hopefully that will pay off for us this year.”
Running the point for the Lady Wildcats, who have gotten off to a 4-0 start on the season, will be senior Lateshia Yarbrough. Senior Tyeisha Griffin and junior Diamond Love are the wings, while Brooklynn Hill and Tyesha Davis are on the inside.
“She is a rebounding machine,” Laine said of Davis, her 5-foot-11 post player. “She is going to get double digits every time she goes out there. She just works so hard at it.”
Laine said her team’s biggest weakness, is an obvious one to her. “They need to know they can win,” she said. “We are a running team and we are going to push you hard. We are going to win that fourth quarter.”
So far her Lady Wildcats have been winning in a lot of quarters as LHS has jumped off to a 4-0 start that includes impressive wins over traditional basketball powers Noxubee County and Kemper County.
The Lady Wildcats opened the season with a 52-25 win over Philadelphia behind an 18-point, 18-rebound effort from Davis and a 15-point outburst from Griffin.
Laine was very pleased with her team’s 72-71 win over visiting Noxubee County. “We were down by 10 points at one time and we dug down and pulled it out,” Laine said. “Diamond Love, who finished the night with 23 points, made the winning basket off a steal from Tyesha Davis who scored 28 points and claimed 15 rebounds.
Love scored 16 points to led her team to a 58-44 win over West Lauderdale, while Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
LHS took a 51-40 win over Kemper County on Thursday night as Love tossed in 19 points and Davis had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Diamond Wraggs had seven points, eight rebounds and four steals for the winners, while Yarbrough dished out six assists.
The Lady Wildcats visit New Hope in a make-up game on Monday, Dec. 2, before facing Newton High School at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the ECCC Invitational Tournament in Decatur.