The Lady Hornets tipped off the 8th annual 2-Day Girls Basketball Preseason Event hosted by Nature Coast Tech on Nov. 9th against Jones High School. Right from the start, Jones possessed the ball aggressively and dominated the court. The Orlando-based team executed direct passes. This match-up may have upset the Lady Hornets, but realistically these girls faced a level higher than they were accustomed to; And that’s a good thing. The girl’s basketball team from Jones High School averages 60 points per game and wins over 70% of their games. “It’s preseason and I don’t worry about the score. I want the girls to learn not to quit, and the way to do that is through the competition. The girls realized that they could compete against a higher level,” said coach Hughes.
In the second game of the night, Nature Coast Tech Sharks challenged the Sunlake Seahawks. Coming from the 20/21 season with 10 wins and 11 losses, Girls Basketball Coach Emily Gore continues to create structure within her basketball program. “Preseason is to get great competition leading into the season to evaluate where our team is at currently. The goal is to see where we are as a team and make adjustments and evaluate moving into regular-season games,” Gore said.
Weeki Wachee and Nature Coast Tech closed the preseason event as the Lady Hornets rebounded with a win over NCT 33-39. Girls basketball season officially began on November 15. Nature Coast Tech and Weeki Wachee shall meet again on Nov. 19 at Nature Coast Tech.