The Mercer County Lady Titans basketball team accomplished their goal of winning the 12th Region Championship and advancing to the KHSAA State Tournament last season, but they’ve got their vision set on even loftier goals in the 2015-16 season.
“Our ultimate goal is always to win a state championship,” said Souder. “We just feel like this year it is probably more realistic than it has ever been since I have been here.”
Although the Lady Titans are favored to repeat as 12th Region Champions, Souder knows it won’t be an easy task.
“The good thing about our group of girls is that they are super competitive. It is usually the big games I’m not worried about because they come out ready for those,” said Souder. “It’s the games where we are a huge favorite that worry me. But those types of games are good for us because they make us ready.”
In order to get back to the state tournament Mercer County will rely heavily on a loaded sophomore class which includes: Seygan Robins, Emma Davis, Emmy Souder, Danielle Mays, Lexy Lake and Faith Lake.
“They are a coaches dream in terms of talent and character,” said Souder. “This is the type of group that probably only comes along in a coaches career once, so we are just trying to take full advantage and enjoy it.”
Robins, who led the team in scoring last season with 14.2 points per game, is widely regarded as one of the top players in the state.
“She is super competitive. She works on her game. And she wants to be the best at her game,” said Souder. “When you get a combination like that the sky is the limit. Seygan is only a sophomore and I still don’t think she is anywhere near her potential.”
The 5-foot-8-inch point guard said she has put in a lot of work in the offseason and that she is focused on helping her team get as far as possible this postseason.
“I put a lot of work in during the summer. I tried to focus on my midrange jumper because last year I either drove to the basket or shot a three,” said Robins, who has already been offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and the University of Central Florida.
Souder also said that Davis (5.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Souder (4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Lexy Lake (3.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg) and Faith Lake (8.5 ppg, 4 rpg) have been heavily recruited since last season came to an end to Elizabethtown in the first round of the state tournament.
“They are all being looked at by some Division-1 schools,” said Souder.
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