GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW:Holcomb hopes to benefit from additional upperclassmen in Year 3 of program

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Pictured are members of the Holcomb high school girls basketball program. Pictured front row left to right are: Libbey Callis, Addy McClendon, Selena Burress, Sarah Williams, and Gwen Moore; pictured back row left to right are: Allison Moody, Alyssa Brown, Bailey Cupples, Macy Houart, and Hannah Burk; not pictured are: Kelsi Tucker and Mary Osbourn.

For the first time since relaunching its girls basketball program in 2017 the Holcomb Hornets have the luxury of having as many upperclassmen as underclassmen on its roster.

The 2019-20 Holcomb girls basketball roster includes two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen.

“They have grown so much,” Holcomb coach Alexa Stockton said. “Their verticals have also improved and they’ve gotten faster and stronger. We will be very long and lanky this season.”

Stockton is hopeful Holcomb will be able to play a full varsity and junior varsity schedule for the first time since relaunching its high school program.

“We are going to shoot for playing two games a night most of the year,” Stockton said. “Our numbers are continuing to go up and we should have even better numbers next season. It’s so exciting to see this thing growing and growing and growing.”

Holcomb returns all but one of its starters off of last season’s varsity squad that finished 12-12.

“We’ve got juniors Hannah Burk, Bailey Cupples, and Macy Houart along with senior Sara Williams all returning,” Stockton said. “All were big contributors for us last season.”

Stockton also feels several underclassmen are ready to make noise on the varsity squad.

“Sophomores Selena Burress and Alyssa Brown will also play a ton,” Stockton said. “Freshman Libbey Callis will also be a game-changer for us. She’s big, fast, and strong.”

Holcomb opens its season Dec. 5 at Rector.

“We’ve added Riverside, Rector, and entered the Lady Royals Classic,” Stockton said. “We may have some really tough tasks early. If we come out of December .500 it will be a dang good December. But it will get us prepared for the district.”

Stockton hopes her squad is a frontrunner in Class 2, District 1 by the end of the season. Hayti beat Campbell in the Class 2, District 1 title game last season. Portageville, South Pemiscot, Senath-Hornersville, and traditional talent Neelyville are also in Class 2, District 1.

“I think the competition will be very similar to last season,” Stockton said. “It’s going to come down to who shows up in February pretty much. But we are hoping to have a good shot at it.”

Holcomb Girls Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentLocation
12/5RectorAway
12/9MaldenHome
12/10HaytiAway
12/12Riverside Home
12/16-21Bloomfield Tourn.Bloomfield
12/21-28Royals ClassicBroseley
1/6East CarterHome
1/9BloomfieldAway
1/13PortagevilleHome
1/16CampbellAway
1/21KennettHome
1/23Senath-H’villeAway
1/27South PemiscotAway
1/28CaruthersvilleAway
2/1-2/7BHC TournamentTBA
2/10AdvanceAway
2/13PuxicoAway
2/15Meadow HeightsHome
2/20Twin RiversAway
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