New-look Lady Colonels look to surprise

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Christian County's Trinity McGee drives down the floor during Meet the Colonels at CCHS.

A new challenge awaits Christian County head coach Kiki Radford and the Lady Colonels this season.

After graduating key contributors Trinitee Jackson and Aaliyah Hampton over the last two years, the Lady Colonels have some inexperience to attend to.

"We've got four seniors and a junior class that's played a lot of varsity minutes," Radford said. "I have two starters in the starting lineup right now that are sophomores. Mikayah Killebrew and Destinee Catlett-Watkins are both sophomores and they're going to surprise a lot of people. They're going to have a good season I believe and they're going to help Trinity (McGee).

"We're not going to be satisfied. Even though we're working hard and having some good practices, we know that we still have to keep working in order to beat the Webster Counties, the Hendersons and Madisonville."

While Radford said she is seeing a lot of good things in practice, there are still some things her team needs to improve upon.

"We just got to execute the little things," she said. "It's about bringing everything together. Making sure we execute on the offensive end -- run the plays. Making sure we're playing good defense. Rotating into the right position.

"With this group, they talk a lot as far as communicating on the floor. That helps us a lot. When a teammate is out of position, they're talking to each other and making sure they get back into position. It's a fun group."

County will be spearheaded by Trinity McGee. The junior returned after being a solid contributor last year and Radford expects her to be a big part of the offense.

"We all know that Trinity is going to be looked at a lot this season as far as on the offensive end and defensively," she said. "Other teams are going to try and key in on her. Her teammates understand that and they've been working harder making sure that they help her and support her to try and take some of that load off of her."

While McGee will be looked at as the top option, Radford wants McGee to know when to push and when not to.

"Even though she feels that we lost those seniors, she feels like she needs to pretty much have the basketball and take control," she said. "We want her to, but at the same time, you don't have to force it. She just has to let the game come to her. She knows that she has teammates around her to be able to help her out."

The Lady Colonels will begin their season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday against Muhlenberg County on the road.

Box this....starting lineup

Lamontavia Forte

Destinee Catlett-Watkins

Mikayah Killebrew

Eniya McGee

Trinity McGee

Box this....schedule

Dec. 3 Muhlenberg County away 7:30 PM

Dec. 6 Caldwell County away 7:30 PM

Dec. 7 North Hardin at Elizabethtown 4:00 PM

Dec. 10 Madisonville-North Hopkins away 6:00 PM

Dec. 13 Hopkinsville away 6:00 PM

Dec. 14 Bullitt East at Muhlenberg County 2:45 PM

Dec. 17 Owensboro away 6:00 PM

Dec. 20 Calloway County away 7:30 PM

Dec. 27 Graves County at South Warren 1:30 PM

Dec. 27 South Warren away 5:30 PM

Dec. 28 Fairdale at South Warren 4:00 PM

Dec. 29 TBA at South Warren FNB Holiday Bash

Jan. 20 Clarksville, TN at Russellville 12:00 PM

Jan. 6 Lyon County home 7:30 PM

Jan. 11 White House-Heritage (White House), TN at Bowling Green 1:00 PM

Jan. 21 Bowling Green away 6:00 PM

Jan. 24 Hopkinsville home 6:00 PM

Jan. 25 Henderson County home 5:30 PM

Jan. 28 University Heights away 7:30 PM

Jan. 30 Fort Campbell home 6:00 PM

Jan. 31 Murray away 7:30 PM

Feb. 1 Apollo away 3:30 PM

Feb. 4 University Heights home 7:30 PM

Feb. 7 Trigg County home 7:30 PM

Feb. 10 Fort Campbell away 6:00 PM

Feb. 11 Owensboro Catholic home 7:30 PM

Feb. 14 Hopkins County Central away 7:30 PM

Feb. 15 TBA at Murray

Feb. 18 Webster County away 7:30 PM

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