CLOVER — Lady Blue Eagle basketball coach Sherer Hopkins is adept at making the necessary adjustments in the preseason.
And this year is no exception as she juggles the lineup to see what will work when regular-season play opens Dec. 6 at home against Hunter Huss. The Lady Blue Eagles and the CHS boys team host the annual Optimist Classic on Friday.
With five regulars returning this season, Hopkins is combining first-year varsity players with experienced players to find the right mix.
“We were able to evaluate the players in all phases of the game during a home scrimmage,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity to rotate players off the bench and take a look at different combinations in game-type situations.
Hopkins said the junior varsity coaches were able to take a close look at their personnel in game situations during the scrimmage time.
Lady Blue Eagle senior playmaking guard Zasu Carpenter spent time refining her game with heavy offseason participation.
“I played basketball the entire summer,” she said.
Carpenter said the Lady Blue Eagle basketball team had a lot going on in June.
“Presbyterian College Camp activities were good for the team,” said junior Elizabeth Edmunds.
In the meantime, the CHS mainstay played for an elite team in Charlotte for much of the summer, gaining experience against solid competition.
“It helped my game a lot,” she said.
While Carpenter is counted on to distribute the ball from the guard position, she’s just as confident shooting the ball.
“I love to shoot the ball,” she said.
Carpenter said a key to success in the coming season is teammate communication on the court.
A junior post player with a strong skill set, Edmunds was the Lady Blue Eagles’ leading scorer and rebounder last season. Edmunds impacts the game and the recent scrimmage was no exception, working her way inside for uncontested shots on several occasions.
“We work a lot on ball movement,” Edmunds said. “Movement without the ball makes the offense go.”
She also has confidence from 3-point range, a carryover from last season.
“We’re working hard on offensive and defensive sets,” Edmunds said.
Like all of her teammates, she looks forward to the challenges of a new season.
“The team is working hard to improve,” said Edmunds, who also is one of the region’s top hurlers as a member of the CHS girls softball team.
The Lady Blue Eagles placed second in always-tough Region 3-AAAA last season.
“We expect the region to be strong again this season,” Hopkins said.