One thing is for certain in the girls basketball landscape that is the Mountain 7 District, and that is nothing’s for certain. The Mountain 7 is arguably the best Class 2 district in the Commonwealth. Since the VHSL went to the current six classification system in 2014, the Class 2 state championship has been claimed by the district every year (Wise Central in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 and Ridgeview in 2016).
Coach Donnie Frazier and his Ridgeview Lady Wolfpack squad look to climb atop the Mountain once again in the 2018-2019 season. Returning for the Lady Wolfpack is reigning Class 2 Player of the Year, Baliey Frazier. Bailey, the senior, averaged 18.1 points per game as well as 6.5 rebounds per game last season. Frazier has signed to continue her career at the next level with the University of Pikeville joining fellow Ridgeview graduates Kayla Mullins and Ivvy Gulley.
Also returning to the Lady Wolfpack is senior Nikole Counts. Counts, who has signed to play softball at King University, averaged 13 points per game and six rebounds per game and is a great shooter. Senior Amber Taylor will provide post presence in the middle.
The Lady Wolfpack lost guards Nyla Gulley and Addison Whitner to graduation following the 2017-2018 season, but will look to reload. Promising freshmen Brooklyn Frazier and Cassidy Thomas make the jump up from junior varsity and look to contribute immediately for the Lady Wolfpack.
One of the major strengths for coach Frazier’s ladies will be depth. The roster shows 13 players and all will see plenty of playing time throughout the campaign. The Lady Wolfpack will also look to set the tempo and press with their quickness and athleticism.
Coach Frazier’s outlook for his girls was promising. “We will be competitive in what I think is the best 2A conference in the state,” Frazier said. “Whoever shows up night in and night out will determine who will be regular season champs and get the number one seed (for district and regional tournament play). I think we are one of several teams that could do that.”
Coach Frazier has one clear goal in mind however. “The ultimate goal is we’ll hang another banner.”
The Lady Wolfpack have already played a scrimmage, defeating Letcher County Central of Kentucky 62-49 on November 15. The regular season gets underway in earnest on November 30 when the Lady Wolfpack travel to Grundy.
#2 Hunter Grant
#3 Shelby Rose
#10 Brooklyn Frazier
#11 Hailey Sutherland
#20 Carissa Mullins
#21 Bailey Frazier
#22 Cassidy Thomas
#23 Hannah Dotson
#25 Nikole Counts
#31 Camdyn Sykes
#32 Shae Sutherland
#33 Haley Mullins
#50 Amber Taylor
11-15-2018 at Letcher County Central, Kentucky (scrimmage)
11-20-2018 at Shelby Valley, Kentucky (scrimmage)
11-30-2018 at Grundy
12-4-2018 vs Pikeville, Kentucky
12-6-2018 vs Council
12-11-2018 at Union
12-12-2018 vs Grundy
12-19-2018 at John Battle
12-20-2018 vs Morristown East, Tennessee (Heritage Tournament – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
12-21-2018 vs TBD (Heritage Tournament – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
12-22-2018 vs TBD (Heritage Tournament – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
12-28-2018 vs TBD (Emory and Henry showcase)
1-2-2019 vs Abingdon
1-8-2019 vs Wise Central
1-11-2019 at Gate City
1-15-2019 at Lee High
1-18-2019 vs Union
1-22-2019 vs John Battle
1-25-2019 at Abingdon
1-28-2019 vs Twin Valley
2-1-2019 at Wise Central
2-5-2019 vs Gate City
2-8-2019 vs Lee High
2-11 – 2-15-2019 Mountain 7 District Tournament
2-18 – 2-22 2019 Region 2D Tournament
I was born a Haysi Tiger but unfortunately succumbed to a broken heart on a cold rainy afternoon in King William, Virginia on December 6, 2014.
However, I was reincarnated as a Wolf, and became a runner of the Ridgeview Wolfpack on August 28, 2015. You now hear me howling most autumn Friday nights high atop Rose Ridge in Dickenson County or anywhere else my Pack of hungry Wolves may be, from Grundy to Falcon Hill or from Ben Hur to Pikeville, Kentucky.
I never wolfed down (pun very intended) a Tiger Taco like Mr. Brady Hess, but I was and still am known to devour a pizza from Pizza Factory on Main Street in Haysi.
I have always wanted to write about sports and now I have the opportunity to thanks to those who have built this wonderful place on the world wide web. Hope y’all enjoy.