HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Lady Commodores lost a lot of production last year, about 55 points per game and around 26 rebounds a game according to Coach Randy Napier. However, the Commodores do not expect to miss a step.
"A lot of people are expecting us to be down where we lost everybody or a majority," says sophomore Chelsey Napier. "But we're coming back better than what we've been in the past few years, so I'm excited overall."
"It would look like that we're probably set up for a rough year, but that's not the way it works here," Head Coach Randy Napier added. "We will succeed, we plan on it and we're going to."
Perry Central has made winning a habit in their program.
"One of our main goals is to be top in the region again. We always are," Senior Kasey Maggard says.
"Just all the wins that we can try to get. just push ourselves for them," added senior Brooklyn Whitaker.
If the lady Commodores want to get back to the top of the region this year, it has to start with their seniors. Perry Central has five seniors and other upperclassmen with experience returning, so everyone has their hand in leading the team.
"We just kind of like put in and try to have ideas together and agree on most things. So we all just kinda lead each other," Tayler Brewer says, one of the juniors on the team. "We try to help our younger teammates learn things. We're getting better every day."
The seniors and other upperclassmen have played together for a while now, which has created a family atmosphere among the team.
"We've been here for - we all kind of started in like 7th grade, so we really pretty much grown up together, and we're basically a family," says senior Natalie Halcomb.
"We've all been really close, and I think as seniors, we'll just come together and push our team further this year than last year," Senior Kaitlyn Blair added.
Part of that closeness comes from overcoming adversity, something Senior Madison Eversole believes will make the team stronger this year.
"It means a lot to all of us. We're all just so close, and we've all went through so much, whether like people leaving, people staying," Eversole says. "It just makes you closer. You're gonna break, but we've done really good about keeping together. It's gonna make us stronger and we're ready for it."
Perry Central comes in at No. 10 in the preseason girls' basketball Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10.