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Season begins with a small squad for Lady Rebels

Back Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Jake Arbaugh, Assistant coach Jennifer Jude, Sheree Vanhoose, Kerrie Lahoda, Savannah Winnett, Krista Maynard, Maddi Evans, Assistant coach Dusty Crum, Head coach ric Morrone Front Row(L-R) - Jamie Maynard, Kristie Lahoda, Courtney Stiltner, Kellie Lahoda, Jordan Presley Lazer photo by John Nolan photography 483-2657Back Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Jake Arbaugh, Assistant coach Jennifer Jude, Sheree Vanhoose, Kerrie Lahoda, Savannah Winnett, Krista Maynard, Maddi Evans, Assistant coach Dusty Crum, Head coach ric Morrone Front Row(L-R) - Jamie Maynard, Kristie Lahoda, Courtney Stiltner, Kellie Lahoda, Jordan Presley Lazer photo by John Nolan photography 483-2657

Glenhayes, WV - Ric Morrone will begin his 19th season as the Rebels head coach with a record of 302-134. Last year Morrone's Runnin' Rebels went 16-7 and finished runner-up in the Cardinal Conference with a 11-3 record. Morrone will begin this season with a small squad compared to his previous teams. There will be no JV team with only 10 girls to play for the Varsity.

"We have a small squad this season but the talent is there to help us out," said Morrone. "We just don't have the girls out this year as we use to, sometimes you need the depth from the bench deep into the season to make a run into the playoffs."

The Rebels have 3 seniors in Kellie & Kristi Lahoda, & Courtney Stiltner. The Lahoda twins play a big factor under the basket as Stiltner is more of the ball handler and outside shooter. Sophomore guard Krista Maynard was a key factor in last year's success for the Rebels as she handled the ball up and down the court to help lead them into the playoffs. Sophomore Jordan Presley will get a lot of playing time this year as she has stepped up her game to possibly a starting position on the team.

"We play our first 4 games on the road before we come home to host the BJM Tournament that consists of some talented teams in Mingo Central, Tug Valley, & Spring Valley, WV," Morrone said. "This season is going to be interesting to see how our girls will handle each game with a competitive schedule."

The Lady Rebels will travel to Tug Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 6th to open their season. Game time is 7:30 pm. There will be no JV games this season.

Lady Rebels 2011-2012 Schedule

Dec.
6 - Tug Valley  -  Away
9 - Pocahontas Tournament  -  Away
10 - Pocahontas Tournament  -  Away
14 - Chapmanville  -  Away
16 - BJM Tournament  -  Home
17 - BJM Tournament  -  Home
20 - Logan  - Home
28 - Pt. Pleasant  -  Away

Jan.
7 - Chapmanville  -  Home
9 - Scott  -  Home
12 - Poca  -  Home
16 - Logan  -  Away
19 - Wayne  -  Away
24 - Sissonville  -  Away
27 - Herbert Hoover  -  Home
31 - Pt. Pleasant  -  Home

Feb.
2 - Scott  -  Away
4 - Tug Valley  -  Away
7 - Wayne  -  Home
10 - Herbert Hoover - Away
14 - Sissonville  -  Home
16 - Poca  -  Away

Coach Hatfield excited for Tolsia's basketball season; 

)Back Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Jason Meddings, Jacob Porter, Morgan Williamson, Jacob Copley, Austin Brewer, Matthew Smiley, Brandon Clark, Morgan Stacy, Terry Davis, Head Coach Jason Hatfield  Front Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Greg Ramey, Logan Barnett, Kenny Ferguson, J.C. Bailey, Nathan Adkins, Brandon Ward, C.J. Shepard, Cody Salmons, Jared Stroud, (Not Pictured Assistant Coach Junior Porter) )Back Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Jason Meddings, Jacob Porter, Morgan Williamson, Jacob Copley, Austin Brewer, Matthew Smiley, Brandon Clark, Morgan Stacy, Terry Davis, Head Coach Jason Hatfield Front Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Greg Ramey, Logan Barnett, Kenny Ferguson, J.C. Bailey, Nathan Adkins, Brandon Ward, C.J. Shepard, Cody Salmons, Jared Stroud, (Not Pictured Assistant Coach Junior Porter)

Glenhayes, WV - The Tolsia basketball team has high expectations for the upcoming season. The Rebels return several players from last year and have a healthy senior back in Jacob Copley. Copley's season last year was cut short with just a few games in when a player from the Wayne Pioneers cut the feet out from under Copley as he was up in the air for a dunk attempt and broke his forearm. Copley returned with just a few games left. The Rebels are projected to be ranked in the pre-season poll which comes out this Sunday, some say possibly in the top 5.

Head coach Jason HatfieldHead coach Jason HatfieldSenior Jacob Copley with a two-handed slam in practice. Photo by John Nolan Photography 483-2657Senior Jacob Copley with a two-handed slam in practice. Photo by John Nolan Photography 483-2657"We are looking forward for the season to get started," said head coach Jason Hatfield. "Jacob Copley is back healthy and in the Cardinal Conference, which is always competitive, we need everybody healthy. We play a few schools this year that will making a long trip in to play in a few tournaments, a team from Virginia and one from Pennsylvania. Our team will be tested throughout the year with alot of talent that we face."

Tolsia consists of 16 players this season with 4 seniors & 7 juniors, with just 5 under classmen. A lot of these boys have been playing the last 3-4 years on the floor together and see this year is a good oppurtunity for things to happen. This year's squad is built with alot of talent, height, speed, & ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor. The Rebs also have two players that can two hand slam it and another one handed.

"We'll have good experienced players out there this season that will be determined to push themselves each and every game, Hatfield said.

The Rebels will begin play on Friday, Dec. 9th as they travel to Scott High School for a tournament to play Stonewall Jackson, Va. @ 8:45 pm and also play Saturday night against Scott in the same tournament, game time is 8:00 pm.

Tolsia 2011-12 Schedule

Dec.
9 - Stonewall Jackson, Va.  -  Away    8:45 pm
10 - Scott  - Away     8:00 pm
13 - Poca -  Home
27 - Mingo Central Tournament  -  Away
28 - Mingo Central Tournament  -  Away

Jan.
3 - Herbert Hoover - Home
7 - East Ridge, KY  -  @ Expo Center in Pikeville, KY   6:00 pm
10 - Scott  -  Home
16 - Wayne  -  Home
20 - Pt. Pleasant  -  Away
21 - Hatfield/McCoy Shootout  - Time & Place  TBA
24 - Sissonville   -  Away
27 - Chapmanville   -   Away
31 - Poca  -  Away

Feb.
3 - Wayne  -  Away
4 - Imani, Pa  @ Big Sandy Arena    6:00 pm
10 - Chapmanville   -  Home
14 - Sissonville  -   Home
15 - Tug Valley  - @ Charleston Civic Center    6:00 pm
17 - Pt. Pleasant  -   Home
21 - Mingo Central  -  Home
24 - Herbert Hoover   -   Away

Lady Dawgs start season with win over Fairview;

Ashland, KY - Senior Lena Ison with 21pts, 6 rebounds, 1 assist &  3 steals to lead LCHS in the win over Ashland Fairview  this past Tuesday. Two other players had a double-double. Junior Taylor Porter had 13pts and 10 rebounds while freshman Savannah Cyrus had 11pts and 10 rebounds. The Dawgs pulled away from the Eagles to take a 61-36 win.

LC (1-0) jumped out to an early 14-2 lead in the 1st quarter and extended the score by going in at halftime with a 38-19 lead.

"Our girls used their speed in the first half on the press and after jumping out to a big lead I took the press off," said head coach Roger Harless. "We were excited, and a little anxious on the court which led to some easy missed baskets from lay ups in the opening half."

Junior Taylor Porter had gotten into foul trouble early in the game and had to sit out. Freshman Shelby Hay and Savannah Cyrus stepped up and scored 20pts and grabbed 15 boards between them. Shelby needed one more point as she would have collected a double-double on the night. Hay sat out late in the second half as she pulled a muscle.

Senior Lena Ison led all scorers with 21pts as she and Porter were taken out late in the 2nd half with the big lead. "We could have scored 80-90 points in this game with our starters but I subbed in the JV with the big lead," said Harless. "This was a good win to start the season and we seen some things tonight that still has to be worked on when having a lead."

The Bulldogs shot 50% from the foul line going 10-20, crashed the boards for 46 rebounds, 14 assists, & picked the ball for 19 steals.

"The girls played hard throughout the game," said assistant coach Erica Webb. "We felt like we didn't get some calls that should've gone our way that led to some aggravation from the team." 

The Lady Dawgs will be back in action Saturday, Dec. 3rd as they host the Prestonsburg Blackcats. Game time 6:00 & 7:30 pm.

Scoring  1st  2nd  3rd  4th    Final

LC          14   24    16   7        61
Fairview   2   17     6    11      36

Taylor Porter - 13pts - 10 rebounds - 4 assists - 3 steals
Lena Ison - 21pts - 6 rebounds - 1 assist - 3 steals
Sarah Hay - 4pts - 9 rebounds - 3 assist - 4 steals
Kara Kirk - 6 rebounds - 3 steals
Shelby Hay - 9pts - 5 rebounds - 4 assist - 3 steals
Savannah Cyrus - 11pts - 10 rebounds - 1 assist - 3 steals
Jordan McGuire - 4pts - 1 assist -

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