BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Veteran Valley Cats hope to contend for title

Shelby Valley is set to open the 2019-20 season without Kentucky signee Cassidy Rowe, who is recovering from her second torn ACL injury.

Although her status remains up in the air, head coach Lonnie “Doe Doe” Rowe will turn his focus to veterans Tori Hampton (senior), Alyssa Newsome (senior), Laci Johnson (junior) and  sophomore Alyssa Elswick to carry the bulk of the load.

Rowe said his team needs to get and stay healthy to have success. He added once his newcomers get adjusted to varsity basketball his squad will be fine.

The Lady Cats, who finished 18-16 one year ago, lost to Johnson Central in the 15th Region semifinals.

Newcomers Kelsey Owens, Jazzy Meade and Zoee Johnson will be needed to help this team return for a run at the championship.

Shelby Valley will open its season against Jenkins at home on Dec. 2.

Shelby Valley schedule

Dec. 2              Jenkins                        Home

Dec. 3              Harlan County            Away

Dec. 7              Knott Central              Away

Dec. 9              Mountain Classic

at Knott Central vs. Floyd Central

Dec. 12            Mountain Classic

At Knott Central vs. TBA

Dec. 19            Lawrence County        Home

Dec. 20            East Ridge                    Away

Dec .26-28      Price/Watkins Holiday Tourney

at Fleming County vs. TBA, TBA, TBA

Jan. 3               Martin County             Away

Jan. 4               Pikeville                        Home

Jan. 6               Johnson Central          Home

Jan. 10             All ‘A’ Classic at The Arena

vs. Martin County

Jan. 14             Harlan County            Home

Jan. 18             MLK Jr. Classic

at George Rogers Clark vs. Scott

Jan. 20             Knott Central             Home

Jan. 24             East Ridge                  Home

Jan. 25             Lady Hawk 1-day Showcase

Leslie County at Pike County Central

Jan. 30             Pikeville                      Away

Feb. 3              Lawrence County       Away

Feb. 7              Jenkins                         Away

Feb. 8              Jackson City Prep Classic

TBA at Jackson City

Feb. 10            Letcher Central           Home

Feb. 11            Betsy  Layne                Home

Feb. 14            Hazard                          Away

Feb. 18            Perry Central              Away

Feb. 21            Menifee County          Home