DYER – During the Class A sectionals last season, the Gibson County girls’ basketball team played arguably its worst game of the season.
The result was a loss on the Lady Pioneers’ home floor that ended their season.
The players hurt from that loss, but Gibson County senior Erin Lannom said that game has helped to prepare for this year.
“It hurt a lot,” Lannom said. “It sparked us, and it sparked [Coach Mitch Wilkins].”
The Lady Pioneers had one senior on last year’s squad, so this year’s team could be even better.
“We have a little more experience this year,” Lannom said. “Other than the one senior, the rest returns, and that helps a lot.”
Lannom averaged 16.8 points per game to go along with 82 steals as a junior to be named to the All-West Tennessee Second Team. She has put in the work over the summer to get even better.
“I have worked on my shooting, especially working on off the dribble,” Lannom said.
Lannom’s stats closely mirror the stats of teammate Briana Fields, who was also named a Super Senior, but the two are different in where their strengths are.
“Briana is a lot faster,” Lannom said. “She is more confident shooting off the dribble. I would rather stand there and shoot. I like to shoot the 3. But we feed off of each other on the court.”
Gibson County plays a tough non-district schedule, and the hope is that those games will help to prepare them for an always tough District 14-A slate.
“Bradford,” Lannom said when asked what game she was looking forward to. “They were good last year, and they gave us the most trouble in one of our games. They were young like us, and I am sure they have matured a little. I feel they are our biggest competition.”
Playing 16 district games, the Lady Pioneers will have to play well consistently to earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
“We have to work together,” Lannom said. “That will be the biggest thing for us this season.”
Michael Odom, 425-9754