BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Lady Dawgs tip off new season

Lawrence County head basketball coach Melinda Feltner is beginning her seventh season on the bench for the Lady Bulldogs.

Her team is coming off an impressive 22-11 record one year ago, and returns seasoned  players, including the squad’s lone senior in Alexis Ratliff. She averaged 13.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds.

Leading scorer and freshman standout Kensley Feltner are back. She scored 15.2 points per game and grabbed 5.7 rebounds. Sophomore Kyleah Ward, junior Ellie Webb, eighth grader Kaison Ward and freshman Brooke Neal.

Top newcomers include Abby Nelson and Tyra Hammond.

“The keys for us this season are to stay healthy,” Feltner said. “We can’t afford any injuries. We are quicker and more physical.”

Lawrence County opened its season on Dec.  2.

Lawrence County schedule

Dec. 2              Greenup County                     Away

Dec. 6-7          BJM/Keyplayer Shootout       Away

Tolsia, W.Va., TBA at Tolsia High School

Dec. 10            Ashland Blazer                        Away

Dec. 13            Betsy Layne                            Home

Dec. 17            Johnson Central                      Home

Dec. 19            Shelby Valley                         Away

Dec. 20            Magoffin County                    Home

Dec. 26-28      Berea Holiday Classic             Away

Anderson County, TBA, TBA at Berea

Jan. 4               Kentucky  2A Championship Tourney

vs. Belfry at site to be determined

Jan. 7               Prestonsburg                           Home

Jan. 13             East Carter                              Away

Jan. 14             Pike Central                            Away

Jan. 17             Floyd Central                          Away

Jan. 20             Tug Valley, W.Va.                 Home

Jan. 21             Magoffin County                    Away

Jan. 24             Prestonsburg                           Away

Jan. 27             Pikeville                                  Home

Jan. 28             Paintsville                                Away

Jan. 31             Floyd  Central                         Home

Feb. 3              Shelby Valley                         Home

Feb. 6              Tug Valley, W.Va.                 Away

Feb. 7              Betsy Layne                            Away

Feb. 11            Paintsville                                Home

Feb. 13            East Carter                              Home

Feb. 17            Johnson Central                      Away

Feb. 21            Martin County                        Home