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Lady Cougars shape up to compete in River Ridge  

The Pulaski County Lady Cougar basketball program is looking forward to a productive season this year, one that has already seen them going undefeated in the recent Brenda King Jamboree against teams such as Bassett, Narrows and Auburn.
The Lady Cougars opened their regular season this past week against Floyd County. The Lady Cougars lost by 13 (63-50) to a Floyd County team that was Group A champions the previous year, and who returned nearly all of their starters.  
First-year head coach Jason Grubb is optimistic about his team. Grubb, though in his first season as coach for the Lady Cougars, is no slouch on experience. Grubb cites 14 years of coaching experience with South County Secondary in Northern Virginia as his most recent coaching post. Grubb is assisted by former Lady Cougar players Jodie Hallett and Hannah Ramsdale. 
Grubb also has confidence in his five starters, who bring depth, experience, and exceptional athleticism to a very competitive River Ridge District. Grubb’s five starters include point guard Raiven Patterson, two guard Hannah Davidson, three guard Emma Riegert, with Ariel Long at the four position and Carlyn Samuelson rounding out the starting unit at the post. In addition to these starters, he plans to rotate remaining players: Kasey Holcomb, Nikki Shay, Brittany Lawson, Morgan Dean and Daisy Ball. 
“We’ve got depth,” Grubb said. “I really want to rotate my players in to utilize all their strengths,” he added.  
The Lady Cougars well be shaking it up offensively and defensively as well keeping with Pulaski County tradition of running an up-tempo motion offense and a tight man-to-man defense in a district where the majority of the teams run zone defenses.  
“I’d like my offense to be flexible and up-tempo,” Grubb said. “A lot of our depth and experience is at the 1 and 2 positions, so if we can keep the ball moving I think we’ll be successful,” he added.  
The Lady Cougars look to be competitive in a River Ridge District that contains some of the best girls basketball talent in the state. The Lady Cougars’ schedule includes those River Ridge District teams such as: Blacksburg, Hidden Valley, Salem, Cave Spring and Christiansburg in addition to other opponents George Wythe, Northside, Radford and Carroll County.  
Grubb discussed his breakdown of the River Ridge opponents. 
Blacksburg — “They’re going to be one of the teams to beat this year. The Jones sisters and the Kipps kid are all really good," Grubb said.  
Christiansburg — “They’ve lost a lot of kids from last year and they’ve got low numbers, but Morgan Schrader scored 21 points the other night so they’re not a team to be underestimated,” Grubb said. 
Hidden Valley — “They’re two-time defending state champs though Abby Reddick (J.J’s sister) is hurt, she might come back. Kayla Osborn is really strong in the post. They’re a quality team,” Grubb said.  
Salem — “Their record last year didn’t show it, but Salem’s always going to be competitive,” Grubb said.  
Cave Spring — “They’re better than they were last year and they’ll be competitive,” Grubb said.  
“The thing we have to watch is that nearly all of these teams have experience in the post, where we have experience in our guard positions. The big question is going to be: How do we match up in the post?” Grubb said.   
“We have a group that can compete,” he said. “They’re dedicated and constantly improving and I try to get them in the weight room at least twice a week.” He added, “How much we improve now will determine our strength in the district.” 
The Lady Cougars will certainly jump right in to determine their strengths, with eight games in the month of December alone. This includes a three-game home stand beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9 against George Wythe and ending Monday, Dec. 15 against William Fleming.  The Lady Cougars also face Radford on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

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Lady Cougars shape up to compete in River Ridge  

The Pulaski County Lady Cougar basketball program is looking forward to a productive season this year, one that has already seen them going undefeated in the recent Brenda King Jamboree against teams such as Bassett, Narrows and Auburn.
The Lady Cougars opened their regular season this past week against Floyd County. The Lady Cougars lost by 13 (63-50) to a Floyd County team that was Group A champions the previous year, and who returned nearly all of their starters.  
First-year head coach Jason Grubb is optimistic about his team. Grubb, though in his first season as coach for the Lady Cougars, is no slouch on experience. Grubb cites 14 years of coaching experience with South County Secondary in Northern Virginia as his most recent coaching post. Grubb is assisted by former Lady Cougar players Jodie Hallett and Hannah Ramsdale. 
Grubb also has confidence in his five starters, who bring depth, experience, and exceptional athleticism to a very competitive River Ridge District. Grubb’s five starters include point guard Raiven Patterson, two guard Hannah Davidson, three guard Emma Riegert, with Ariel Long at the four position and Carlyn Samuelson rounding out the starting unit at the post. In addition to these starters, he plans to rotate remaining players: Kasey Holcomb, Nikki Shay, Brittany Lawson, Morgan Dean and Daisy Ball. 
“We’ve got depth,” Grubb said. “I really want to rotate my players in to utilize all their strengths,” he added.  
The Lady Cougars well be shaking it up offensively and defensively as well keeping with Pulaski County tradition of running an up-tempo motion offense and a tight man-to-man defense in a district where the majority of the teams run zone defenses.  
“I’d like my offense to be flexible and up-tempo,” Grubb said. “A lot of our depth and experience is at the 1 and 2 positions, so if we can keep the ball moving I think we’ll be successful,” he added.  
The Lady Cougars look to be competitive in a River Ridge District that contains some of the best girls basketball talent in the state. The Lady Cougars’ schedule includes those River Ridge District teams such as: Blacksburg, Hidden Valley, Salem, Cave Spring and Christiansburg in addition to other opponents George Wythe, Northside, Radford and Carroll County.  
Grubb discussed his breakdown of the River Ridge opponents. 
Blacksburg — “They’re going to be one of the teams to beat this year. The Jones sisters and the Kipps kid are all really good," Grubb said.  
Christiansburg — “They’ve lost a lot of kids from last year and they’ve got low numbers, but Morgan Schrader scored 21 points the other night so they’re not a team to be underestimated,” Grubb said. 
Hidden Valley — “They’re two-time defending state champs though Abby Reddick (J.J’s sister) is hurt, she might come back. Kayla Osborn is really strong in the post. They’re a quality team,” Grubb said.  
Salem — “Their record last year didn’t show it, but Salem’s always going to be competitive,” Grubb said.  
Cave Spring — “They’re better than they were last year and they’ll be competitive,” Grubb said.  
“The thing we have to watch is that nearly all of these teams have experience in the post, where we have experience in our guard positions. The big question is going to be: How do we match up in the post?” Grubb said.   
“We have a group that can compete,” he said. “They’re dedicated and constantly improving and I try to get them in the weight room at least twice a week.” He added, “How much we improve now will determine our strength in the district.” 
The Lady Cougars will certainly jump right in to determine their strengths, with eight games in the month of December alone. This includes a three-game home stand beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9 against George Wythe and ending Monday, Dec. 15 against William Fleming.  The Lady Cougars also face Radford on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

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