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New-look Gadsden City girls search for identity

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There’s no more Brooke Burns or Haley Troup for Gadsden City girls basketball this season.

With Troup at Missouri and Burns at Chattanooga, approximately half of the Titans’ scoring from last year is gone as the two combined for almost 34 points a game.

Add the loss of Kyana Rigby along with Burns and Troup, and there goes the majority of the ball handling from last season.

Needless to say, this team will have a different look from last year’s team, which finished the season 24-5 in the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University.

“This year, (Burns, Troup and Rigby) are gone so people are going to have to step up,” Gadsden City coach Jeremy Brooks said.

Many of the girls on the roster do not have a lot of varsity experience this year, but Brooks likes the depth of his team for the 2017 season.

“Our starters will have less experience maybe than a lot of the other teams we play this year, but if you go all the way from one to 12 and we get into other team’s bench, that can be our advantage,” Brooks said. “So that’s what we are going to try to do. Push the ball and play up tempo.”

With no more Burns or Troup, Gadsden City’s opponents can no longer key in on just two players to slow down the Titans. Brooks expects the scoring to be even keel across the board, which could play to Gadsden City’s advantage.

“Sometimes it may be more difficult for teams to prepare for you when they don’t know who is going to score,” Brooks said. “Because right now, I don’t. I’m with them every day, and I don’t have a clue how it’s going to go. So that’s another thing that’s making it interesting is just the unknown we have.”

Just as it is with scoring, it’s still up in the air who the starting five will be. Brooks said seniors Kenya Gueye and Brittney Watts and junior Mya Davis are the only ones who received a lot of varsity minutes last year.

The beginning of the season before area play gets underway will be crucial for Gadsden City to get the right lineup combinations together and go through expected growing pains. Gadsden City tips off Tuesday at Paul Bryant.

“It’s really figuring out how our team is going to react in a game,” Brooks said. “I think we already have it figured out for practice settings. But until they get in that real game, it doesn’t matter. But I think a key is starting off early, whether we win or lose, and get a good idea of what kind of team we are going to be.”

With so much production from last year gone for the Titans along with their Class 7A, Area 7 foes Grissom, Huntsville and Hewitt-Trussville returning a lot of players from last season, many may not expect a lot from Gadsden City this season.

“For me, it’s exciting, because it’s a different challenge,” Brooks said.

Article courtesy of Teddy Couch of The Gadsden Times

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/sports/20171106/new-look-gadsden-city-girls-search-for-identity

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