The Waynesville Lady Tigers are ready for this year's basketball season. They are coached again by Brittany Matlock.
She is in her twelfth year of coaching basketball and coming off a 18-7 season last year. The Lady Tigers finished 7-2 in Ozark Conference play last year which earned them a third place finish.
Matlock said this about last season, “We continued to grow and mature as the season went on. We finished in the top of our conference and competed in the district tournament. We lost a hard fought game in the district championship to Lebanon.”
Matlock had three Lady Tigers from last years teams move up and play basketball in college this year. Nina Kizzee is playing at the NCAA Division 2 level at the University of Arkansas Monticello. Ashton Pilz is playing at Evangel University in Springfield Missouri. Payton Aragon is playing for the Webster university Griffins this year in Webster Groves, just outside of St Louis, Missouri.
Richard Driscoll and Michael Clutts will be assisting her this year in preparation for Waynesville success.
The Lady Tigers have three returning starters from last years team.
ReShawna Stone is a 5’7” Senior. She is going to be a key player for the Lady Tigers this season. Matlock said this about her this season, “ReShawna will take on more of a leadership role this season. She has continued to work on her all around game and continues to grow.”
Kiera Shoulders is a 5’8” senior and will also be returning for the Waynesville. Last season she served a key role and plans to again this year. Matlock said this about her, “We focus on team defense and Kiara makes hustle plays. Kiara does a good job inside for us. I look for her to continue to grow and show improvement in all areas with some added responsibilities.”
Senior Katie Handley is the third and one of the most important defensive players for the Lady Tigers this year. Matlock said this about her, “Katie is a solid defender and great role player. She does the little things that don’t show up in a stat line. She will also be looked to take on more responsibilities.”
Matlock said this about what they she is expecting this season from her team, “We want to continue to be competitive. We have to adjust to our new roles. As we understand and adjust to our new roles, I would like to think the possibilities will grow in our favor. Class 5 District 10 is Camdenton, Springfield Central, Lebanon, Waynesville, and Willard. All of which are respected programs and coaches. Each one of these teams go hard. As it is every year come district time it is really open for anyone to win.