Nov 3, 2009

Women’s b-ball prepares for season

by Chris McNair

Many changes have taken place since last season for the Lady Flames basketball team. Perhaps the biggest was the departure of the Frazee triplets, one of whom (Megan) is now a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA.

Going into this new season, the Lady Flames, led by head coach Carey Green, have a new set of leading ladies. Returning players like senior Amber Mays and sophomores Avery Warley and Kylee Beecher will remain leaders, but this time they will have to carry the load without the “Big Three.

With big opponents this season like James Madison, North Carolina A&T and potentially UVA, the Lady Flames have a lot to prepare for.

For Mays, being the leader on the team is one thing, but possessing a well-balanced game is equally important.

“My mid-range shot and my right hand — that’s always been a weakness for me. They’re coming along well. And just trying to be a leader as well,” Mays said.

Beecher, who was a member of last season’s Big South All-Freshman team, took some time during the offseason to polish a few components of her game as well.

“I’ve been working on my strength and just being more of a presence inside,” Beecher said.

With the absence of the Frazee triplets, Beecher plans to step up and become more of a role player for the Lady Flames. However, she feels that everyone will need to step up in some way in certain areas.

“Well, we all have to step up in our ways. We all have things that we need to work on, but we can all step up and be a leader in certain roles that we have on our team,” Beecher said.

According to Beecher, emphasis has been placed heavily on transition defense and rebounding in practices. On the offensive side of the ball, execution, patience and taking care of the ball have been stressed. But above all else, teamwork is the main thing for this season.

“Our big thing this year is teamwork. We don’t have the triplets to go to so we all have to work as a team, step up and play team ball,” Beecher said.

In total, the Lady Flames have lost six players from last season. According to Green, it is that experience that they will miss most, and learning to integrate new players will also be a challenge.

“We’re just trying to learn to play together and learn the plays,” Green said.

The Lady Flames have several newcomers this season, many of whom Green is expecting to be contributors. Freshmen Lakendra Washington, Devon Brown and Carra Coy are all new additions that Green is confident about.

Mays and Beecher, along with Warley, are who Green believes will need to step up and lead by example this season.

“Those three are going to bring the backbone to us, and we’ll
definitely be needing them to step up from a leadership perspective,” Green said.

With all the pieces to the puzzle that is this new season, the Lady Flames are prepared to continue the excellence with which the program has competed in seasons past. It may be difficult without the Frazee triplets, but they are ready to take on all comers.

The Lady Flames will open the season on Nov. 13 as they host Winston-Salem State inside the Vines Center.

Contact Chris McNair at cjmcnair@liberty.edu.
 


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