Dickson County coach Greg Tipps admits that his team is somewhat pressure-free this year as opposed to years past.
The Lady Cougars, who were one of the state’s top teams in terms of talent and were heavy favorites to win District 11, now are viewed as a bit of an underdog in that sense.
“Right now, the district championship is going to be hard for us,” said Dickson County coach Greg Tipps, , who enters his second season as the Lady Cougars head coach
“I think most people would now pick us third or fourth. However, I take that with a grain of salt, just like I do when I hear people predicting us to win it. I’m looking forward to the fact that there’s not a lot of pressure from the outside on this team, like there was last year. This year, the pressure is coming from us.”
.However, the post season isn’t on their mind just yet, as Dickson County began practicing Monday in the morning and after school. Tipps admits that he’s looking forward to how much help he’ll be getting from his freshman and sophomores, who could see plenty of time on the floor. Junior Kailey Rosenbaum, who committed to play at Lipscomb during the offseason, also returns and could see a huge spike in production as far as her numbers go.
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“Our players are very open-minded,” said Tipps.
“They want to learn, and we have some youthful enthusiasm we’re going to be counting on. I’m really looking forward to these freshman and sophomores helping us. We also have a really good senior class.”
The Lady Cougars went 29-4 and won District 11 before being bounced by Bradley Central in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state tournament. They lose a couple of key players, including McDonald’s All-American and now-Vanderbilt Commodore LeaLea Carter.
“It’s hard losing a McDonald’s All-American, especially one who started (Sunday) for Vanderbilt,” said Tipps.
“That doesn’t we can’t have production out of that spot. We have players who are going to fill that role, but more than anything, replacing LeaLea is going to be a team thing. We’re going to miss LeaLea, but I respect the game of basketball and if you play it well, no matter who you have, you’re going to have success.”
Despite the tampered, though not too low, expectations, Tipps is still a believer that his team can and will compete in District play and can reach the state tournament for the third consecutive year.
“Our goal is to make it to the state tournament and have a better showing than what we had last year,” said Tipps.
The Lady Cougars open up the season Nov. 17 at Shelbyville as part of the Hall of Fame game.
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