Lady Vols have busy summer
Sallie Kate Richardson (24) and Nora Kathryn Carroll (33) of Starkville Academy play against West Lowndes last Thursday. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt has everybody returning from last year's team and then some.
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Schmidt knew players like Anna Prestridge, Sallie Kate Richardson, Anna Lea Little, Julianne Jackson, Nora Kathryn Carroll, Lauren Atwell, Brittany Jacks and April Burney were coming back.
She's also going to get the services of Tiffany Huddleston, Nikki Ford and some rising 8th graders.
Although excited with all of the available bodies, Schmidt knows the team still has to come together.
"You are only as good as you play and we're only as good as we are together," Schmidt said. "Our two goals are to play hard and play together."
That's exactly what the Lady Volunteers have been doing all summer.
Along with being involved with the summer high school league at the Starkville Sportsplex, Starkville Academy played Jackson Academy and Madison Central during a one-day league at Jackson Academy and plan to return there for a camp at the end of the month to play against public school competition.
The Lady Vols played Pontotoc in a tournament in Nettleton and go back to Nettleton Tuesday to go against state champions in Belmont, Itawamba and New Albany.
"We're trying to challenge ourselves a little bit," Schmidt said.
Schmidt believes Starkville Academy has played close to 30 games this summer, including some tough outings during Mississippi State's camp.
"We lost to Tupelo, South Jones and Richland," Schmidt said. "I asked (MSU women's) coach (Sharon) Fanning that our girls have made a commitment to step their game up and improve. I wanted coach Fanning put us in a league where we couldn't win a game in and she did, but the girls did a great job."
The Lady Vols had two teams in the high school league of the MSU camp and it combined for a 14-5 record. One of the teams went 8-1.
"The group that came off winning the junior high championship, got in there to mix it up with the high school and did a great job and I'm real pleased," Schmidt said.
Starkville Academy's latest game at the Sportsplex was a 31-25 victory over rival Oak Hill Academy on Friday.
With so many games scheduled, one would think the Lady Vols would become tired of it all, but Schmidt loves taking advantage of the situation.
"I've had the best time and I hate it's only a week and a half left," Schmidt said. "It flies by when you're having fun."