The Campbell County Lady Cougars are off to an impressive 14-1 start to the 2018-19 season but Coach Brad Honeycutt still wants his team to keep making strides into the new year. The sole loss came last week at the hands of Farragut High on the Admirals home floor. The Lady Cougars have played a monumentally tough schedule to begin the season. Coach Honeycutt expects the early season tests to help as the season wears on into 2019. “These tough games against teams like Morristown West, Farragut and William Blount out of the district will be huge for us as we enter district play. The games get more important as the season unfolds and by playing these games we will have a team that’s prepared to face anything we might see down the road. We have faced tough pressing teams, teams with size, excellent guards and well coached squads.” Honeycutt noted after Friday’s win over Cleveland.
Honeycutt saw a few flaws in the loss to Farragut that have cropped up at other times this season. Farragut was skilled enough to make the Lady Cougars pay for their mistakes in the Thursday game vs the host school. “We have to take care of the basketball much better than we have been so far this season. We can’t turn the ball over like we did vs Farragut and expect to win. We got out rebounded by the Admirals but that’s actually been an area we were improved at this season so this game was a bit of anomaly, the turnovers haven’t been. We’ve had games with 15 or 16 turnovers when the other team didn’t bother with the press. That has to stop. We will emphasize ball security in practice and work on better ways to handle the press when we face it. Our guards have to step up. Good guards win games in the post season.” The Lady Cougars have many more games after Christmas as they go deeper into their district schedule. Honeycutt said “we better value each possession in those games. We want 1.1 points per possession and we aren’t quite there this year. We have to get it higher if we want to be our best this season.”
Particularly impressive for the Lady Cougars so far are the always great senior and Furman signee, Skylar Boshears; the powerful junior post and Xavier commitment, Madison Brady; and the do everything sharp shooter, senior Haley Comer. Her 18 points paced the Lady Cougars in their win over Cleveland a few days ago. Boshears is an ace off the dribble, she can hit shots off the bounce as well as any player who ever played at CCHS. Brady is a force in the low post. She opened up a close game against Cleveland with 6 straight points in the opening minute of the 3rd quarter. Comer is relentless effort. She rebounds and plays defense like she may never play a game of basketball again and her three point shot is deadly. At 6 feet tall, she can play inside and out. The Lady Cougars get quality play and key shooting from seniors Blair Medley, Myra Sexton and Lexy Richardson and junior Emily Ellison is a fearless player who isn’t going to back down from the drive or three point shot. The younger Cougars are getting valuable minutes as well and they will be needed later in the year.
In the near term, the Lady Cougars continue the season after Christmas. They resume play December 26th in Greenville. There they once again face off with Morristown West. A one loss team on the season, with that sole loss coming at the hands of these Lady Cougars. Oak Ridge is also in the tournament and the Lady Cougars could potentially play them there as an out of District game depending on results from the games on Wednesday. The Wildcats lost a close one to CCHS earlier this year.