Phelps Basketball Preview

Phelps basketball looks to build on last years performance.

The Phelps Lady Hornets look to continue their growth from a year ago. The Lady Hornets finished the 2021/2022 season with a 12-17 record. The Lady Hornets lost to Pike County Central in the 1st round of district tournament actions.

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING – The Lady Hornets return their top 5 scorers from a year ago. The Lady Hornets were led by Sophmore Caleigh McCoy. As a freshman last season, McCoy averaged 15.1 point per game.

Senior Amelia Casey will provide the leadership this young Lady Hornet team needs. Last season she averaged 6.8 points per game on 38% shooting behind the arch. Casey also led the team in rebounding with an 8.5 rebound per game average.

Add in other player such as Skylar Rife (5.6 PPG) and Faith Potter (3.8 PPG) and Kylea Weddington, the transfer from Pike Central, the Lady Hornets are ready to make a run at the regional tournament.

KEY LOSSES – The only graduating senior from a year ago was LaRanda Francis.

FINAL THOUGHTS – The Lady Hornets are building a nice squad that could compete for the 60th District championship. The mixture of talented youth and veteran leadership could bring Hornetville to life.

The Phelps Hornets look to build on their 10-18 record from a year ago. Second year Head Coach Brandon Ratliff has a solid returning squad that could shock teams in the 15th Region.

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING– In Phelps the name Prater is synonymous with scoring. Mason Prater has been playing valuable minutes for the Hornets since his middle school career. Now a Senior Mason Prater led the team in scoring a year ago. Prater averaged 14.3 points per game a year ago.

The Hornets will look to a pair of seniors to pick up the scoring and rebounding load this season. A year ago, Hayden Mounts averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while Melvin McCoy averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

KEY LOSSES – The Hornets had one big loss from a year ago in “Big Man” Landon Dotson. Dotson the heart and soul of the Hornets team averaged a double double his senior season. Dotson averaged 11.3 points and 13.1 rebounds a game. Dotson was a dominating physical presence inside last season.

FINAL THOUGHTS – The veteran Hornets have several nice pieces in place to make a run in the 60th District tournament. The big question is who fills the void left by Dotson. If someone steps into this role, the Hornets might be traveling to the Appalachian Wireless Arena in late February.

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