Lady Patriots try for a three-peat in the 14th Region

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Knott Central has enjoyed a successful run the past few years, and when you experience success once, you just keep coming back for more.

"Goals are to win district definitely, go to region, smash that and then back at state," Senior Guard and EKU commit Jada Higgins said.

"First we got to look at the All "A". Hopefully we'll win that, and then we're going to focus on district and the region, and then hopefully we'll be at state," Senior Forward Madison Ashley added.

The Patriots have gone to the state tournament the past two years, and Head Coach Jeff Honeycutt says that those experiences have helped the program grow.

"We're taking what experience we've had over the past few years of the success we've had and kindly keeping what has worked for us to keep us on that track," Honeycutt said. "We're learning from what we've done wrong in the past and trying to get away from that."

One place the girls feel they need to grow from last year? Teamwork.

"We're really working on teamwork. We kind of lacked that last year, so we're working together as a team and just trying to make it all work" Ashley said.

The Lady Patriots have already started with their improvements on teamwork in the preseason.

"Really it's just us pushing each other as hard as we can. Telling each other, 'you got this, you got this, keep going,'" said Higgins.

Working on teamwork is a little easier when you are used to the people around you, a benefit for Knott Central this year with five seniors on their team.

"We're all very close," Ashley said. "We've been playing together for a very long time, since we were really little."

"They really are a second family. I don't know what I would have done without them," said Senior Post Rebecca Watkins. "I've been with them for so long now."

Like a lot of teams in the mountains, Knott Central will look to push the ball on the offensive end and pressure the ball on the defensive end.

"We like to run," Honeycutt said. "We're going to be an up-tempo team - a lot of man to man defense, a lot of trapping zone

The Lady Patriots are looking for their third straight 14th region championship, which would be an impressive feat. However, the Lady Patriots say it is in the trying and pushing to succeed.

"Even if we don't make it, we don't just give up," Watkins said. "We give it our all."

Knott Central comes in at No. 7 in the preseason girls' basketball Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10.

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