The Lady Wolves look to keep their record-breaking season alive when they take on Edward Bell in the 1A Central Sub-Regional on Thursday.
“Well, for our young ladies this was the goal that they were planning,” Fayetteville head coach Mike Patterson said. ”We started back in June trying to put all of this together. They came in during the summer and worked on their conditioning. We have had a group of 10 young ladies that have worked very hard all year for this goal and right now they have reached that part.”
For senior Shelby King, going to the 1A central sub-regional is like a dream come true.
“To be the first girls team to ever make it this far at Fayetteville it is just a dream,” King said. “I always wanted to do something like that. It’s amazing to me.”
Patterson believes that this record-breaking season could be the start of a tradition at Fayetteville.
“It should be a building block,” Patterson said. “These young ladies are pleased with what they have accomplished.
“They want to keep going for one more game. This game is important to us and they want to keep it going. We asked them a question the other day. ‘When you leave this program did you make it better?’ Our seniors think that they have made it better. Our juniors are looking forward to making it even better.”
This season the Lady Wolves set a school record with 12 wins. King believes her injury, which forced her to miss a couple of games, is what made the team come together.
“I believe this the best season that we’ve had since I have been playing,” King said. “We went through a few rough spots; I got hurt in the TC game and I had to set out two games. That was pretty hard on me.
“I went to physical therapy and luckily I was able to come back. I believe that really brought the team together in a sense.
“There were a few games that we were disappointed in and we knew that we could have won. But overall I am happy with the season.”
Jenni Mizzell had a huge game for the Lady Wolves against Donoho in the area tournament finals. The senior scored a game-high 23 points. Mizzell is excited about being in the sub-regional, but she hopes their record-breaking season doesn’t end there.
“I am very excited and proud of all of the girls bring able to make it for the first time in Fayetteville history,” Mizzell said. ”I am really excited and I hope that we go far.”
Junior Olivia Brasher admits that she is a little nervous going into Thursday night’s game against Edward Bell. But she believes if the Lady Wolves play hard they have a chance to advance.
“I’m a little nervous, but I think that we can pull it off if we pull together, play hard and hustle,” Brasher said.
Edward Bell (14-8) defeated Loachapoka 51-50 in their area championship on Monday.
“We know that Edward Bell won their area,” Patterson said.
“They are a strong team; they have three young ladies that can shoot the ball from the outside. They are a very athletic team, they like to run, they run a man defense. Those are things that we will have to be able to adjust to.”
The Lady Wolves travel to take on Edward Bell on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the Central Regional Tournament in Montgomery.