Starting over

fter a strong start in district play, the Lady Toppers struggled with shooting and injuries in the latter part of the season, finishing 5-5 in district headed into tournament.
However, as the coaches in the region decided to double up on district games, they have more knowledge of the teams they face and experience against them on the floor.
“After playing each team twice, the Lady Toppers have a good idea of what is needed to win,” said coach Vernessa Gates. “Hopefully (we) will have all of our injured players back and ready to contribute to the team’s success.”
The Houston girls finished up the regular season with a district loss to Noxbuee County Feb. 11 and a non-division loss to Calhoun City Feb. 14, but tournament begins a new day.
The Lady Toppers were set to start in their bracket Tuesday and hope to work their way through the “win-or-go-home” schedule and still be standing Friday for the championship round.
“At this point, every player that the Lady Toppers need to make it to the next level, they have on their roster,” Gates said.
The Toppers struggled throughout the division schedule and were also set to begin play on Tuesday. They dropped their final two regular season games to Noxubee County and Calhoun City.web hst basket web hst basket2