Hall, Lady Rebels attempt to settle in to late beginning this season

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In her nearly 30 years of coaching, Adams County Christian School girls basketball coach Melanie Hall is still learning.

This season, the Lady Rebels began their season several weeks later than usual, and Hall said she is adjusting alongside her players.

“It’s been a very different year. We have only played a few games,” Hall said. “We usually start at the end of October or in early November.

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“I’m concerned with what we are doing now — how we are executing offensively and defensively. I’m just trying to get us ready for February and conference play after the turn of the new year.”

The decision to begin basketball games almost a month later, Hall said, came from boys coach Richy Spears.

“Coach Spears wasn’t going to have any games until football was over. I got to thinking about it, and I realized we have multiple who do many sports, too,” Hall said. “To turn around and do basketball so quickly, it can be hard sometimes.

“I thought maybe this would give us some time to come together. We said ‘Let’s just try this and see how it works.’”

To make this season work, Hall said she is focused on bringing everyone together.

“Everybody that we have brings something to the table, and everybody on this team wants to be here and loves basketball,” she said. “It’s just a matter of putting all those pieces together.”

The Lady Rebels have a wide range of players, adding up with four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and four freshman.

“I’ve got some underclassmen who have moved up and have some potential, and I also have some veterans,” Hall said. “It’s about letting them get used to playing with each other and bringing out the best in each other.

“The overall strength of this team is unity, with added versatility.”

Hopefully, Hall said, ACCS will be ready to play when it matters.

“We will be there, and I believe we will have some fun in the postseason.

“I’m excited, too. It never gets old, and it’s always exciting — to God be the Glory.”