Ragsdale’s girls hope to rise to the occasion
After missing the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, Ragsdale girls varsity basketball coach Jerry Fuqua believes his team is on the rise.
Last season, the Tigers finished 6-17 overall and 4-6 in the Piedmont-Triad 4A conference.
Ragsdale was not very fast last year and that affected the type of play Fuqua had to implement for his team. Instead of playing hard-nosed defense, Fuqua’s team was forced to play a zone all year, leading to a slower pace of play.
“That’s not the way I like to play,” said Fuqua, “but sometimes that’s what you have to do.”
This year, the Tigers are only returning two starters, Mikayla Pettyjohn and Jasmine Williams, but they can count on some new players to jumpstart the offense and defense.
“We’re still going to be a bit young, but we’ve got three freshmen that are going to be a huge help,” said Fuqua.
Those three freshmen are Jordan Quick, Jone Booker and Godwin Dooley. Fuqua believes that these three will make the team faster on the wings and able to play better defensively. The quickness brought by the trio should allow the Tigers to get more transition points.
The most important player lost from last season according to Coach Fuqua is Emma Sonricker. Sonricker was a great leader and helped the team out in some tough spots.
The Tigers also struggled against fast-paced teams and did not perform well against full-court pressure. This season, a deeper bench and quicker players should allow Ragsdale to compete better against faster teams.
Last season was tough, but Fuqua has more confidence in his team this year. Being young, his team has the potential to struggle, but Fuqua would like to think the Tigers could finish in the top three in the conference.