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Lady Raiders look to the future after beating Chase 37-36

Feb 20, 2020 11:52AM

by John Wilson

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The South Point Lady Raiders finished the 2019-20 basketball season at 4-17 overall and 2-10 in Southwestern 2A Conference action.

At face value that record is nothing to be impressed with. However, in the big scheme of things, it’s very important.

It’s fair to say that winning has not come easy for the Lady Raiders over the last five years. The program has been in the midst of a dry spell. However, this year’s team has posted the school’s best conference record since the 2013-14 season.

This year was full of challenges as the team dealt with a tough schedule and an abrupt  midseason coaching change when head coach Scott Tudor was replaced by boys JV coach Will Lomax.

Despite all that, these girls never quit, they just kept pushing forward.

Recently South Point beat the Chase Lady Trojans 37-36.

Abby “Pickle” Morgan led the way for South Point with 14 points and 10 rebounds followed by Asheton Queen who had 11 points and seven rebounds. 

“We started the game off very strong,” coach Lomax said. “A lot of our shots were not falling but the ladies stayed focused. At the end of the second quarter going into half time, it was 16-14.”

Chase fought South Point hard as the Lady Trojans were looking for their first win of the year. 

“Chase came out of the half very strong and went on a nice run,” Lomax explained. “But like I told the girls as long as we believe we will win, and that’s what they did.”

The season is now over and Coach Lomax and the girls will need to start getting ready for the future.

While the last few years have definitely been tough on the program no one is ready to throw in the towel. In fact, Lomax is hoping that next year’s squad will be even better.

“We ended strong but could have done a lot better,” Lomax said. “I am proud of the girls considering the coaching change and having to learn a new coach.”

Going into next year, the Lady Raiders will be without Pickle Morgan and Riley Racz as both are graduating.

Morgan has been a real asset down the stretch. Racz’s season was cut short due to an injury.

Lomax hopes to further develop the players he has and to also go on a recruiting run to bring new girls into the program. The coach is looking forward to having time to implement his system and mindset.

The mindset that Lomax wants to instill is clear. He believes that South Point can win again. 

Lomax knows that over the years the Lady Raiders have had some good teams. Now it’s time for the next generation of ladies to step up and believe in themselves.

Notching four wins is definitely a good start.

“Going into next year we need to start from the bottom and build on some things,”  Lomax went on to say. “We need to get a lot more girls to come out we need them to believe that they can win and beat a team like Burns or Shelby.”

While it’s true that South Point has a lot of work to do at least they seem to be going in the right direction.