Basketball season may have been over for a few months now, but for some there is no such thing as an off season. With a few of the Lady Cougars sprinkled throughout the other spring sports in softball, track, and tennis there were still some that have continued to perfect their craft on the court.
“Maegann Hardison and Kapreshia Powell have been playing for the Kentucky Blast organization which is based in Bowling Green,” LCHS head coach Scot MacAllister said. “Powell has been playing since about fourth or fifth grade, she’s really the only kid at Logan County that’s played AAU for an extended time.”
The Lady Cougars had an earlier than expected end of the season this past as Russellville ended their season in the first round of the district tournament. But Hardison, Powell and others have been hard at work trying to improve and when they improve the entire Lady Cougars girls basketball program will improve.
Hardison and Powell this past weekend managed to help lead their AAU team the Kentucky Blast to a national title.
“I got involved last year with a freshman team because of Powell’s mother said they needed a coach and I thought it’d be fun,” coach MacAllister said. “I had a great time, we made it to national and that was really cool as a coach.”
Now with that success underneath their belt they will look to take that into the upcoming season. Coach MacAllister has begun talking to his players to get more involved with AAU and basketball camps to keep them involved in basketball year round. They are looking at the model of Logan County’s volleyball and baseball and seeing as how successful those two programs are for Logan County they are perfect models for the Lady Cougars.
“I use our volleyball and baseball as good examples cause we had some kids on the world series team, they didn’t just show up that year,” coach MacAllister said. “They had been playing and practicing year round. The volleyball program with their feeder program in MSVA they are getting a lot of skill work and playing tough competition so when they get to the high school level their skills are so much further along on their first day of practice. Kids who are in the gym or the field they are working on their game throughout the year are well beyond the skill level of the normal athlete and it shows in practice.”
The Lady Cougars will be holding a basketball camp at the end of this month as they have every year. Every year the coaches have tried to give people the skills and the tools they can take home that will help them continue their advancement in their basketball growth.
“We’ve always done it as a skills camp so that kids can take things away from camp and take them home with them and practice cause not everybody can come to the gym so they can’t get the help,” coach MacAllister said. “We have decided this year to do the camp for free, with the idea that we will take donations. The ages will be for those who will be in third grade to eighth grade next year. We still want everybody to register and all the donations will go to making an offering to the Nashville Bridge ministries, they help feed the homeless underneath the bridge.”
Hopefully with this success in AAU and the basketball camps the Lady Cougars will return to the court next season stronger than ever and give the other teams in the region a real good run for their money.
“Right now just really excited about the AAU prospects playing and excited about Megan and KP who are becoming real leaders,” coach MacAllister said. “I’m excited about those young athletes who are taking the extra time and effort to get better.”