Stepping Stones: ACCS coach hoping to turn season around with seniors

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Adams County Christian School’s Tate Lipscomb thought things would be different this season.

With seven seniors dazzling his roster this year, the Lipscomb said the Lady Rebels aren’t stacking up to what he thought they would be.

“It’s been a long time coming, and I figured it would be great because they’ve all played together,” he said. “But, they are having trouble. It’s just not as smooth as it should be.”

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The hardest part for Lipscomb, he said, is that he has no answer why.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “I mean they are seniors. They ought to have fun and be ready to play.

“It’s one thing that I’ve had sleepless nights thinking about because they should be a unit. They should make it easy to coach and easy to play.”

The group is composed of some long-standing Lady Rebels. Carly Delaney, Shelby Mason, Makenna Patt, Savanna Spear, Marlee Magee, Caroline Cotten and Brooke Martin complete the senior squad.

Lipscomb said though he would love for ACCS’s hardships to simply disappear, he’s more frustrated he can’t do much about the situation as his team now sits at 4-10 and 0-3 in district play.

“I can’t fix it,” he said. “I’m frustrated because I can’t put my hands on it and fix it. The girls have got to fix it.

“I want it to get fixed because we really had hopes for this season. Normally when you’re senior heavy, you’re pretty astute, and we should be.”

If Lipscomb had to pinpoint the cause of the issues, he said the troubles might be in their heads.

“They know they can be dominant when they want to turn on the light switch and play,” he said. “But, right now the lights are still dim.”

Ultimately, Lipscomb said he hopes to see better days in the second half of his team’s season.

“I care about them, of course,” he said. “This is the group that got me coaching and wanted me to come out here. This is the year we were looking forward to. This was really the year we were supposed to take it the next step.

“Right now, the next step is to simply win some games. It kinda hurts.”