Contact: Dominic Tharpe
Oct. 24, 2014
The Motlow Lady Bucks will begin their 40th season of competition Halloween night with a brand new coach and a change of attitude and outlook. After a decade of struggle, the bar has been raised and the ultimate goal has been declared - compete for championships.
Former Motlow player and men's assistant coach Dominic Tharpe became the 11th head coach in Lady Bucks' basketball history when his hire was announced on June 20, and he will lead his new squad on to the Copperweld Arena floor when Snead State (AL) visits to open the season at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. Admission is free to all Motlow College home athletic events.
Tharpe is confident that he has the experience and training, and that Motlow has the resources, to rebuild the women's program into a state championship contender. Three straight home games to open the season should help in the rebuilding process.
"I feel like the schedule is very favorable, but tough, with our conference games starting the second week of the season," said Tharpe. "It's great that we have a long home stretch early in the season against formidable opponents. Hopefully, the early home stint will allow the team time to come together before January, when we play five straight on the road."
Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference play begins a week from Friday, when Motlow will host Jackson State on Nov. 7, then Columbia State on Saturday, Nov. 8. Ten of the first 14 games are at home prior to that five-game road swing in January.
"Our sophomore class is very hungry to prove that they are better than the previous year," continued Tharpe. "I honestly feel they are working with a chip on their shoulder to become the best players they can be on and off the court. The experience that they bring to our team has helped the freshmen to make the transition from high school a lot easier."
Headlining the sophomore class that will be counted on to lead the Lady Bucks are Franklin County alum Chelsea Holman, Huntland's Alexis Smith, Shelbyville's Bree Horner, Chloe Neil from Bristol, and Sabrina Jackson from Chicago. Nashville's Jadah Fite sat out much of last season due to injury, but is healthy and expected to be a major contributor.
Tharpe has added a talented group of freshmen to the mix, despite the late start in recruiting. Newcomers to the Lady Bucks this season include Lauren Brown and Kelsey Munn from Manchester, both of which played their high school basketball at Coffee County, and Erin Layne from Tullahoma.
Additional newcomers include Tanika Gholston from Whitwell, Kaitie Leverette from Shelbyville, Ashley Kee from Smyrna, and Titanisha Lawless from Nashville. Kee and Leverette are sophomores, while the rest are freshmen with two seasons of eligibility.
Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.
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2014-15 Motlow Lady Bucks - front row, from left: Katie Leverette, Unionville; Erin Layne, Tullahoma; Breeanna Horner, Shelbyville; Ashley Kee, Smyrna; Tanika Gholston, Whitwell; and Jadah Fite, Nashville. Second row: John Steverson, assistant coach; Chelsea Holman, Winchester; Lauren Brown, Manchester; Titanisha Lawless, Nolensville; Kelsey Munn, Manchester; Sabrina Jackson, Chicago; Alexis Smith, Huntland; Chloe Neil, Bristol; and Dominic Tharpe, head coach. Motlow College Photo.