Senior led Bell County Bobcats ready to "surprise a lot of people"

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Bell County went 17-11 overall last season and tallied an 8-9 record in the 13th region.

However, just like the Bell County Lady Cats, the Bobcats' season ended in the first round of the 52nd District tournament at the hands of Harlan.

This year, seven Bobcat seniors look to find immediate success and prove any doubters they have, wrong.

"We have people that can score the ball, put it on the deck, shoot the ball. I just think that we have it all honestly, I just think it will be a good team this year, we will surprise a lot of people," said junior London Stephney.

"Last year we had just got a new coach and we were learning everything and his expectations going through the season," said senior Dawson Atkins. "This year we know what we are expected to do and we are ready to do it."

"Coach Smith really pushes us to be the best that we can be and we hold everybody accountable on defense," said senior Antonio Zachary. I really feel like he is a defensive man, but on the offensive side of the ball I really feel like we have people who can score and shoot the ball."

"Us seniors, we've played together for a really long time, we've played with each other since middle school. So we know what each other is going to do," said senior Bayler Lefevers.

"I've played with these guys since freshman year, and even in middle school, I played against them so I'm pretty excited to have one last year with them," said senior Tyler Partin.

"People are doubting us, honestly. I think we are going to be better than what people think," said senior Ryan Lambdin.

"I'm super excited, I think we can make a lot of noise, a lot of people are doubting us," said senior Issac Collett. "We've got a lot of talent, a lot of experience, and I think we all mesh really good. I think our chemistry is there and I just think that we are going to surprise a whole lot of people."

"Last year was my first year with them so they are kind of molded and understand the kind of things that I want, my expectations on a daily basis as far as practice goes, game preparation goes, as far as getting up extra shots and working out," said Bell County basketball head coach Frankie Smith. "I think our mentality since I've been here for a year is a whole lot better now today than when I walked in a year ago."

Bell County opens up their season with Harlan on November 26th.

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