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Coach Ivey looks to rebuild struggling Lady Owl program

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By Robby O'Daniel

Skylar Boshears, Haley Comer, Lexy Richardson and Blair Medley are all key senior varsity players on the Campbell County High School girls basketball team right now.

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They also all were key eighth-grade members of the 2015 LaFollette Middle School district championship team, a squad that made it all the way to the sectional semifinals in Sevierville.

Since then, the Lady Owls have struggled. First-year head coach Craig Ivey, hired last July, looks to rebuild.

“This is very much a rebuilding program,” Ivey said. “I have zero returning starters this year.”

The Lady Owls lost 47-9 at Oak Ridge-Robertsville on Monday night.

“We got to working a lot better as a team at making our passes,” Ivey said. “We’re still missing quite a few shots, but our passes looked a lot better than they have in the previous games.”

Hannah Harness led the Lady Owls in scoring with 4 points, according to Robertsville team stats, followed by Lindsey Turner (3) and Abbigrace Mayfield (2).

LaFollette was still looking for its first win after the Robertsville game, Ivey said.

“We’re growing,” Ivey said. “We’re building. We’ve not won yet, but we’re still getting there.”

The hiring of Ivey fostered continuity for the girls, as Ivey served for the past three seasons as girls basketball head coach at LaFollette Elementary School. He also coached the elementary boys in 2017, and he served as sixth-grade coach for the LaFollette Middle boys in the past as well, he said.

“I try to foster the idea of teamwork, and I like all the girls to play together,” Ivey said. “I want them all to have an important role in the team.”

Overall Ivey has coached for around 10 years, off and on, he said.

“I don’t want them to beat themselves up, and I think a lot of times when you have kids that have not played a whole, whole bunch, they kinda get down on themselves,” Ivey said. “And I don’t want that. … I don’t want them to get down on themselves, and that’s really kinda the thing we’re fighting right now.”

The Lady Owls played at Oneida last Tuesday.

Next it’s homecoming night, as the Lady Owls host Eagleton tonight (Thursday).