LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Getting back to business.
"This is my 8th season at North Laurel and each year we have tried to build upon the previous season," said North Laurel girls' basketball head coach Eddie Mahan. "We've done that every year that I've been there and we want to continue that tradition."
The Lady Jaguars are coming off of a season where they won 27 games and made the 13th region championship game. Two seniors graduated from the program, but thanks in part to a key addition, North Laurel plans to pick right back up where they left off.
"This year we have our returning post, this year we have Raegan (Hubbard), it is going to change our style," said junior forward Isabel Gray. "We are always known for being run and gun, going crazy but I think this year is going to be more controlled and more about executing."
"Honestly it is a little nerve-wracking coming back where I took a year off but I'm ready for it, a comeback season pretty much is what it's all about," said senior center Raegan Hubbard.
Coach Mahan says having Raegan Hubbard on this year's roster is huge.
"It's huge because it completes us, it completes the puzzle, we already had the point guards, we already had the wings, the forwards, we had every position filled," said Mahan. "But then when you add a 6-4 post too, it completes your lineup. As I look around at the teams we are going to be competing with, we have as much of a complete team as I see us going to be competing against."
"I think she helps us be able to execute a lot better, run more plays with the post because we usually have never had a post as big," said senior guard/forward Courtney Carroll.
A change in gameplay looks to be the case, and while some may doubt North Laurel, the Lady Jags will look to get better each day to achieve their goals.
"Well a lot of people underestimate us, and I think it will surprise a lot of people when the season starts about how well we can play together and work as a team together," said junior guard Gracie Jervis.
"I want us to be the best team that we can be. That is my main focus, are we better today than we were yesterday? Are we better than what we were the week before? If we are doing that then we control our own destiny," said Mahan. "Some teams have to have other teams play bad, but for us, I think we are good enough that if we meet our potential, we'll be able to meet a lot of opponents."
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars start the season ranked Number 9 in the Alice Lloyd College girls Mountain Top 10.