Ledford’s girls target another big year
For the Ledford High School girls basketball team, experience proves its greatest asset.
After an impressive season last year, finishing 23-5 and winning the Mid-Piedmont 3A conference championship, the Panthers are in position for another big year under head coach John Ralls, in his 28th year of coaching.
“We only lost one starter and two key players,” Ralls said. “We really have a veteran team this season.”
One of those veterans is senior Emmalee Thomas, who averaged more than 15 points per game last season, and is one of the top 3-point shooters in the state. Ralls sees her as the catalyst of his team’s offense.
“Emmalee is one of the best shooters in the state and a great scorer,” Ralls said of his team’s leading scorer last season.
Behind Thomas, key returners for the Panthers include senior Leigh Ann Midkiff, junior Courtney Callicutt, and sophomore MacKenzie Cranford.
Cranford, who came off the bench last season before making her way into the starting lineup, was an All-Conference selection as a freshman. She will most likely serve as the team’s point guard this season.
“These girls all love playing the game of basketball. We only have 10 players on our team this season – so all of them are going to get significant playing time,” Ralls said.
One of the biggest additions to the Panther’s roster this season will be transfer Brianna Grier, who played at High Point Central last season.
“With so much experience and being a veteran team, we really have moved fast. We have good players that are really working well together. The biggest concern right now is that we don’t get too complacent. It’s a brand new season, but that doesn’t mean we automatically get this done.” Ralls said.
With four starters returning, Ledford expects to make another run at a conference championship and go further into the playoffs than being knocked out in the second round of the 3A sectional playoffs.
“If we’re playing our best basketball come February, then we’ll see. Wins and losses will take care of itself if we play as well as we are capable of.” Ralls said.