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Hitchcock preparing for second season at BHSPosted Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 12:11 PM
Bloomfield girls basketball coach Chris Hitchcock smiles while chatting with his players at a recent summer workout. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World).
BHS lost starting center Elyse Weddle from last year's 13-9 squad that fell by four points in overtime in the Class 2A Sectional 45 championship game, the second year in a they have finished as runner-ups.
"We lost a very good player in Elyse," said Hitchcock, who previously coached in college before taking the Bloomfield job last season. "And she will be missed.
"But I already have a good feeling about this team. We have added a couple of seniors that have played before to a group of experienced players."
Sarah Scott and Letitia Poe have been working out with the team this summer, and Hitchcock said he is looking forward to seeing how they re-adjust to playing hoops starting later this fall.
He added that Alley Gilliland and Brittney Combs have been leading like he would expect seniors to do so.
"Brittney and Alley both have been playing well this summer," said Hitchcock. "Alley really has been playing with a newfound confidence, especially offensively.
"With the different tournaments we played in this summer, Alley has received some attention from college coaches because of her improved play. It seems like it has just all come together for her."
Hitchcock added that about 22 girls in incoming grades 9-12 have been participating in summer activities. Taylor Gilmore will return after tearing her ACL a year ago as well.
He added that a lot of them have a chance to play this season.
"We should have more depth," said Hitchcock. "It will be good to have some girls that did not or could not play last year. Plus our sophomores and juniors are going to make us better.
"We played about 20 games this summer and these girls showed that they have a lot of potential. We got way down against (Bloomington) North, but rallied to get the lead back down to two. We eventually lost by 10, but the girls showed they can compete."
He added that they have been more productive this summer because he did not have to implement his system, like he did in 2009.
The loss to Linton-Stockton in the sectional final in February has been the driving force for the Lady Cardinals as they get ready for the upcoming season.
"Last year has really fueled our fire," he said. "We have some memories from the sectional that we would like to erase.
"Even though we will be smaller and won't necessarily have a post presence because of the loss of Elyse, I think we should be quicker and deeper. We have a potential of hanging a banner in the gym."
B.J Hargis is the sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at email@example.com.
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