MOORE — At 4-1 the Southmoore girls basketball team is off to an impressive start. Only six other teams in class 6A have as many victories as they do to start the season.
However, the SaberCats are not satisfied with what they have done. After losing to No. 1 Northeast Academy (2A) in the semifinals of the Harrah tournament Friday, the teams feels it let one get away.
“I definitely think we are capable of much more,” senior Kayla Tucker said. “We should be 5-0 right now. We have a lot of expectations for this team and I know we can do a lot of great things.”
The SaberCats have come a long way to get to this point. There was a time that just getting to four victories seemed like a minor miracle.
In Tucker’s freshman season, she and her Southmoore teammates won a total of five games during that 2009-10 season. It didn’t get much better as a sophomore when the SaberCats won another five games.
There was not much to be excited about winning 10 games in two seasons. However, the tide started to turn for the Cats last season when they reached 11 wins and were one game under .500.
But it was the arrival of coach Britney Kannady-Sayes in the offseason that has seemed to turn the entire program around. Kannady-Sayes has brought with her an emphasis on the basics of the game that has enabled Southmoore to knock off several high-caliber squads.
“I’d have to say we’ve played together and unselfish,” Kannady-Sayes said. “And probably our defense and how hard we go to rebound the basketball. Coming in I didn’t think it would be the strength of the team, but I expected it to be the strength of the team. As a coach, it’s defense first. It doesn’t matter how good or quick or athletic you are. I just feel like every team needs to crash the boards. And the defensive battle, rebounding battle and the transition battle are all things that end up winning the ball games.”