The Burgin Lady Bulldogs didn’t have the kind of season they hoped for last year, going 1-21. However, in Head Coach Chad Terrell’s second season at the helm, things are looking a lot more positive as they didn’t lose a single player to graduation from last years’ squad.
“It is good to have a team with a whole lot of experience and leadership coming back. The players already know my coaching style and how I want to play, so I think that will be good for us as we head into this season,“ said Terrell.
Having a good season will start with the senior leadership of Taylor Shepherd, who led the team in scoring (4.9 points per game) and rebounding (4.3 rebounds per game) last season.
“She has a really high basketball IQ and she has tremendous leadership, but mostly Taylor always gives us a good defensive effort,” said Terrell.
“I really look for her to anchor us on the defensive end.”
Although Shepherd was the leader of the team last season, the 5-foot-8-inch forward knows she must step up even more this year as a senior.
“I’ve been working on my shot and focusing on my three-point game in the offseason,” said Shepherd.
Besides Shepherd, the Lady Bulldogs will need strong play from their other seniors: Sarah Auvil (4 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game), as well as Hailey Culp and Elizabeth Adams, who both sat out last season.
“Sarah just sets a good example for the younger girls. She is one of our leaders on this team,” said Terrell.
“It is also good to have both Elizabeth and Hailey coming out this year. They both add a whole lot of athleticism and they make us a better team.”
Down low, Burgin will rely on sophomore Miranda Hungate, who Terrell expects to have a breakout season after averaging 4.4 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game last season, both which were second on the team.
“I think Miranda will grow into her own this year. I think she will be an all around smarter player,” said Terrell.
Hungate said she is ready to get the season underway after playing a lot as a freshman.
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