Sometimes offensive numbers can be deceiving.
A player’s scoring average, rebounding average or shooting percentage doesn’t tell the complete story or their ability on the floor.
Some players know their role in a system where offensive balance and depth are more important than carrying a team alone.
Houston County’s Kaci Hall falls into that category.
The 5-foot-10 senior forward had a respectable average, scoring nine points while averaging seven rebounds. However, she was capable of being a double-double inside player.
One significant strength to Houston County’s District 10-A regular-season championship team that won 27 games was the luxury of depth. The Lady Irish routinely rotated eight to nine players, giving each equal playing time and a stat sheet reflecting similar totals.
Hall’s ability to play inside wasn’t the limitations to her game. She added the ability to hit jump shots from 15 feet and beyond.
The combination of both caught the attention of Dyersburg State, which will be Hall’s home for the next two seasons.
“I really liked the campus and everything, it was really nice,” Hall said. “I also liked how Dyersburg State runs their offense and defense. I thought it would be a pretty good team for me to go to.”
The Lady Eagles are under the direction of fifth-year coach Rian Puckett, who had an all-Tennessee roster this past season.
“She has really improved the past two seasons,” said Houston County coach Sam Young, talking about his senior forward “She’s a really athletic kid. She’s got a good knowledge of the game and understands what coaches are trying to present to her. She’s a really smart basketball player. She’s physical on the boards and has really improved over the past two years.”
Young said one of Hall’s attributes was accepting her role. Rotating eight to nine players equaled average playing time of 18 to 24 minutes. The Lady Irish were deep at the forward positions, where Hall routinely displayed her aggressive rebounding.
By combining the ability to post-up inside and also shoot from the perimeter, Hall is ideally suited for what Dyersburg State expects from its forwards.
Hall continues to commit her time developing an outside game, and knows she will need to have a consistent shot when she arrives at Dyersburg State this fall.
Dyersburg State kept Hall on its radar for the better part of last season, making a couple of trips from the northwest corner of the state to Erin to watch her play.