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Lady Panthers basketball team look to continue success under new coach

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The Lady Panthers basketball team poses intensly.

The Lady Panthers basketball team poses intensly.

Kristin Telford

Kristin Telford

The Lady Panthers basketball team poses intensly.

Steven Bettler, Staff Writer

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Last season ended in heartbreak for the Lady Panthers squad, as their head coach announced his departure from Parkview High School, and their championship dreams crumbled during the Elite Eight with a heated double overtime battle against Norcross. That epic battle was arguably one of the best basketball games played in Georgia last season, but even that high praise does not ease the pain for the Lady Panthers heading into the 2013-2014 season.

The Lady Panthers had three major holes in their team following last season, with two starters graduating, and Coach Tony Watkins leaving for the same position at Lambert High School. Watkins led the team to a 59-2 record in his two seasons as head coach for Parkview, but the team fell short in the playoffs both years.

That hole has been filled by new head coach Kirk Call. Coach Call was an assistant coach for Parkview under Coach McCoy from 2002-2006, during which the Lady Panthers won a state title (2003).

Despite the large shadow left by Coach Watkins, Coach Call is excited to work with this team. Call is left with a team that has ten of their twelve players from last year returning, and an assistant coach who has been with the team since 2006.

There are definite adjustments that are being made by the team. “We definitely have longer practices,” said senior Genesis Perrymond. “We’re still in the same system that we used to have, it’s just faster.”

Speed is the focal point of the Lady Panthers game plan, and that system has led them to 59 wins in 61 games over the past two seasons. Coach Call’s system is retaining that basic principle, and he looks to continue the success this system has brought the past two seasons.

“It’s not totally a new system, but it’s about getting comfortable with what his [Call’s] level of expectation is,” says Assistant Coach Carl Zimmerman, who has been with Parkview since 2006.

The Lady Panthers have the opportunity to be very successful this season with all of the returning pieces, but success may not be measured in wins and losses. “Success is part of a process, and the only thing that I know we’re going to do is work hard day in and day out,” said Coach Call. “If the kids commit to getting better every day, then the success on the floor will take care of itself.”

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