Basketball: Season Preview: 2017-2018 Lubbock-Cooper Pirates and Lady Pirates
Lady Pirates: Head Coach Kyle Lovorn (2nd season) Bi-district finalist, 8-2 district 4-5A record.
The Lady Pirates
Players returning: G Jacey Hise, G Mckauley Gregory, G Evahnna Romero, F Katy Fairbanks
Key Games: November 11th @ Plainview, December 12th vs Frenship, December 28th-30th Caprock Tournament, January 5th vs Lubbock High, January 16th @ Monterey, February 2nd vs Monterey
Lubbock-Cooper is led by second-year coach Kyle Lovorn who led the Lady Pirates to an 8-2 district 4-5A record last season. The only two losses in district play came against Monterey who went 10-0 on their way to a district championship. Lubbock-Cooper fell to Canyon Randall in the first round of the playoffs in 2016-2017.
The Lady Pirates return four players from last year’s team in Jacey Hise, Eavanha Romero, McKauley Gregory, and Katy Fairbanks. Hise and Romero are the only two seniors on the team and will have several newcomers including two freshmen. Jacey Hise was the district 4-5A offensive MVP last season, averaging 19 points per game. Emilie Goltz, Maddy Rodriguez, and Brylee Stewart join the varsity level with experience playing on the junior varsity team that went unbeaten in their district schedule a year ago. Two transfers, Kaitlyn Edgemon from Littlefield and Kayli Rowland from Ropes will add athleticism and height down low for Lubbock-Cooper. Avrie Douglas and Kate Siegel are the two freshmen who will see action on the floor to help out the team.
The Lady Pirates will open the season November 4th at Idalou and will play in three tournaments (Canyon, Kennedale, Caprock) as they prepare for district play beginning on January 5th vs Lubbock High. District 4-5A consists of five other teams that the Lubbock-Cooper will play in Monterey, Lubbock High, Coronado, Abilene Cooper and San Angelo Lakeview. The non-district schedule will also challenge the Lady Pirates, in the three tournaments competition will come from everywhere in West Texas and even metroplex teams once LCP goes to Kennedale. Other notable non-district games include home games versus Midland Lee (11/7) Abilene Wylie (11/14) and Abernathy (12/19) and away games versus Midland Greenwood (11/28) and Canyon Randall (12/5) who ended Lubbock-Cooper’s season a year ago.
Pirates: Head Coach Wayne Riley (2nd season) Bi-District finalist, 5-6 district 4-5A record.
Key games: November 21st vs Amarillo Caprock, December 12th vs Frenship, January 2nd vs Levelland, January 16th at Monterey, January 26th vs Abilene Cooper, January 30th @ Coronado
Wayne Riley leads the Pirates in his second season as head coach. A year ago the Pirates had to play an extra district play-in game to make the playoffs. The Pirates started the district slate 0-6 and won 5 consecutive games including a play-in game played at LCU versus Monterey. Lubbock-Cooper fell to Amarillo High in the first round of the playoffs last year.
The Pirates return six players from last year’s bi-district finalist team, Andrew Simnacher, Kade Johnston, Trey Vasquez, Raa’mah Murphy, Brendan Blacklock, and Daniel Fiddler. The remaining six players include seniors Luke Sheaffer and Caleb Cortez, juniors Cameron Drainville and Cole Carter. Cole Carter is a three sport athlete at Lubbock-Cooper. Carter plays QB/WR for the football team and in an OF for the baseball team. LCP basketball will also have 2 sophomores in Will Doherty and Kade Spears.
Lubbock-Cooper opens up the season November 14th at Seminole and will play in three tournaments including the North Texas Basketball Invitational in Sanger Texas, Decatur, and the Caprock Tournament in Lubbock.
The first radio broadcast will be November 21st vs Amarillo Caprock with the girls at 6 and the boys at 7:30. Every district game will air on 100.7 The Score with Andres Flores.
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