GREEN RIDGE — Communication is key for the Green Ridge Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers graduated seven seniors following a 2014 season which saw Green Ridge claim district and Kaysinger Conference Tournament titles and share the conference regular season crown with Cole Camp and Stover. This season, a new group comes in and is working on coming together. To get to that point, communication and hustle become important.
“When we don’t communicate, we have to run sprints, so we try to get it in their heads that we have to communicate and stuff’s not going to fall through,” said senior Mac Scotten.
Coach Lori Larimore said the team is starting to come together after a positive first week where the Lady Tigers didn’t take full swings the first week of practice, choosing instead to work on fundamentals.
“We’re working on getting our elbows up and snapping the ball and good placement and good ball control,” Larimore said.
At the front, the Lady Tigers have to find people to step in to replace graduated hitter Libby Dove.
“We have 15 girls out, we probably have 10 that can fill those spots on the front row,” Larimore said. “We don’t know who’s going to fill those shoes yet.”
On defense, middle hitter Morgan Hetrick said the key will be “just getting to our defensive positions so we can play that ball.”
Through practice so far, Scotten has seen an improvement in passing.
“People are working a lot harder to move their feet and stand up and not swing their arms,” she said.
With seven seniors gone, new leaders have to step in and younger players will be expected to contribute right away.
“They definitely have a good work ethic because we know that this year, we’re going to have to work really hard,” said senior Katie Gibbs. “We all showed up the first day of practice ready to put in the effort.”
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