Lady Tigers Ready to Jump Into Basketball Season


By Resident Press

With the upcoming basketball season upon us once again, the Mansfield Lady Tigers are getting prepared to compete in a new conference, with a new coaching staff, new players, and awesome new uniforms.

As the 3A conferences have changed a bit this year, The Lady Tigers will add some new opposition into their already strong conference. Mansfield will see some familiar faces from last year as well such as Cedarville, Greenland, last year’s state contender Elkins and defending state champions Charleston. This year we add Lincoln, West Fork, and rival Waldon to the list of conference opponents.

First-year senior high head coach, Joshua Bryan, says he is ready to jump back into the fold of basketball season along with his new coaching staff for the Lady Tigers. Coach Bryan is no stranger to Mansfield, nor to his basketball team as he head coached the Jr High Lady Tigers and assisted coached the Sr High Lady Tigers under Coach Keith Stovall in the 2017-2018 basketball season.

“This past summer we took a group of the girls to compete in a basketball camp in Branson, MO where I saw many of our girls perform well and showed me a lot of sportsmanship and grit while on the basketball court. I’m ready to see the hard work they have put in over the summer and in the offseason, pay off during the upcoming months,” said Coach Bryan.

The Lady Tigers have also added a pair of decorated Mansfield natives to their coaching staff. First-year coaches Kaylie Pyles and Erica McKay bring knowledge of the game and experience beyond their years, back to Mansfield. Coach Pyles and Coach McKay played sports at Mansfield and had successful careers in multiple sports including basketball. With their insight and encouragement, the Lady Tigers have a major advantage going into this season.

The Lady Tigers have an overall young roster but are still headed by a solid Senior class. Seniors post/guard Rylea Weaver 5’9”, guard Emily Boyd 5’1”, and post Macy Davis 5’10” will help motivate and lead their team toward a strong showing in a great girls basketball conference. Rylea Weaver is the unspoken leader of the team with her dominance at her post position. Rylea sometimes moonlights as a guard because of her versatility to perform well at multiple positions. Rylea doesn’t say much but when she does, the whole team listens. Coach Bryan had this to say about his Seniors, “I expect a lot of good things from Weaver this year, she has the potential to be our leader in many statistical categories this season”.

Coach Bryan said, “Out of the senior class, Emily Boyd is the only one who is a true guard, she has been working hard in the offseason to get faster and stronger and will be one we rely on to be an outside scoring threat this season”. Macy Davis missed out on last season but has decided to return to the sport for her senior year and Coach Bryan is excited to have her aboard. “Macy started at the post position when she played in the past and we will utilize her experience down low for rebounds and easy baskets, she will be a great player for us this year”.

Other Lady Tigers on the 2018-2019 basketball roster includes:

Maggie Strunk-Guard -5’4”
Abby Morgan-Post -5’8”
Danielle Lillie-Point Guard-5’5”
Mikayla Harrison-Guard-5’0”
Makayla Strutton-Guard-5’7”
Samantha Smith-Guard-5’1”
Hailey Walker-Guard/Post-5’6”
Hailee Ebarb-Guard/Post-5’8”
Amber Elmore-Post-5’9”
Brooke Wright-Post-5’9”
Isabella Stipins-Post-5’7”
Kaitlyn Slinkard-Post-5’9”

The Lady Tigers will begin their 2018-2019 season opener with a new opponent this year as they travel to Panola, Oklahoma to take on the Lady Bearcats on Tuesday, November 6th. The game starts at 6:00 PM with Senior Boys to follow. Come out and support your Senior High Lady Tigers!

Macy Davis, Emily Boyd, and Rylea Weaver




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