Parsons Begins First Season with Lady Raiders
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By Marlana Smith
Chris Parsons begins his first year as Head Coach of the North Shelby Lady Raiders.
This is Chris’s 23rd year coaching basketball and he has learned a ton from great coaches along the way. This is his 16th season as a head varsity coach.
Parsons replaced Landon Daniel, who coached the Lady Raiders for the last four year. Daniel accepted the High School Principal position at North Shelby.
After taking a couple of years off, Parsons said he brings a renewed fire.
“The energy is back, and I am ready to get going again,” said Parsons.
There are 18 Lady Raiders on the team, six being seniors.
Parsons said the seniors are great leaders and bring a lot of experience and a strong desire to be great every time they hit the floor.
There are four juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen on the team.
As of last week, Coach Parsons said there is still some time but, he anticipates starting seniors, Ceairra Kirby, Caroline Linberger, Natalie Thrasher, Ava Williams and Meg Shively.
“This group understands that we have a very deep team and not to get complacent,” said Parsons.
To prepare for the season the team has been working on their defensive mindset. Parsons said the mindset on how the team must compete is everything.
The Lady Raiders have been doing many situational and decision making drills.
“We have to value every possession on offense and be aggressive on defense,” stated Coach Parsons.
The Lady Raiders have big goals for this season. They expect to compete at a high level every night and hope to make a deep run in the playoffs.
“We know there will be adversity along the way, but as long as we learn from it, get better from the adversity and move towards our goals we can be very successful,” Parsons said.
The Lady Raiders plan to bring a mass of energy to the gym and keep fans in the game.
Parsons hopes the team’s intensity they bring on the defensive end of the floor will help with an up-tempo style, which should bring some fun to the gym atmosphere.
“We know we have some new concepts and certain things may take a bit to perfect, but we will get better every day out,” stated Parsons.
Coach Parsons will be assisted by Jaime Williams.
Parsons overall record as a head coach is 267-125.
The season opener is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 against Marion County at 6 p.m.