Excitement building for Lady Champs in 17-18

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Senior Delaney Vaught will be tasked to help lead a group of five seniors for Cascade in the upcoming season.
T-G File Photo by Chris Siers

Rece Chumley is excited for the upcoming high school girls basketball season.

Over the weekend, his Lady Champion team played in a scrimmage, where he saw lots of positives to carry into this afternoon’s regular season debut against Warren County at Franklin County High School.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised. We had a scrimmage on Saturday and we did a lot of good things. I’m excited about the upcoming season,” he said.

With the turn of the calendar to a new season, Cascade will tip-off in a brand new district.

The Lady Champions fall down to Class A, but will see some familiar teams, such as Moore County, Cornersville, Fayetteville, Eagleville and Huntland.

“The way I see it, our non-district schedule last year is our district this year. And we struggled against those teams. I don’t think it will be any easier for us, but we’re looking forward to the move,” Chumley said.

Last season, Cascade saw its season come to a close in the District 12-AA tournament against the Page Lady Patriots—ending the career of senior Bailey Sudduth.

With a large piece of Cascade’s team gone, the burden now falls on the next class of seniors, which Chumley says he’s challenged to carry the load.

“We have five seniors—Grace Jackson, Delaney Vaught, Jacey Williams, Abi Jones and Kylee Freeman,” he said.

“All of those are going to have to step up and a few of our juniors such as Keeley (Sutton), Haleigh (Crouch), Corrie Beth (McAnally).”

With a shorter bench than normally accustomed to, he’s challenged every player on his team to contribute.

“Everybody that’s on the team is going to have to contribute.”

Cascade opens the season this afternoon at 4 p.m. against Warren County at Franklin County.