2019-20 could be a big season for the Hatton Lady Hornets.
At least, common sense will tell you it could be.
After all, the Hornets are coming off an area championship and a trip to the Northwest Regional at Wallace State.
Here’s the even better news, Hatton returns all five starters and every player except one from last year’s squad.
I would say that would make for a pretty good recipe for success this year.
Hatton got their first chance to get on the court this past week and head coach Chasta Chamness was very happy with what she saw.
“I’m very pleased,” Chamness said. “We have some little things we need to work on. But if it’s summer and we’re working on little things, we’re going to be alright come fall.”
Hatton’s varsity played two games during the playdate at West Morgan, one against Danville and another against Clements.
In the game against Clements, the Hornets blew it open in the second half, holding the Colts to just four second-half points and winning easily 41-18. That was also without arguably their top two players from last year, Josie Harville and Riley Claire Grissom.
It was clear the Hornet’s didn’t miss a beat, as turning it on defensively and playing strong in the second half was exactly how they got things done last year.
“We’re missing two players but I thought the girls picked up the slack there,” Chamness said. “The biggest thing I thought from us in the second half is we started pushing the ball and we were successfull running our break. I want us to be a fast-paced team and I thought we did a good job of that.”
Hatton has a lot coming back but the biggest thing that could push them into being a title contender in 2A is what they added.
Last year the Hornets bowed out to the eventual state champion Cold Springs at Wallace. The biggest reason why was the Eagles’ tall post star Elizabeth, whom the Hornets had no answer for.
Consider that problem fixed.
The answer came in the form of transfer Kamden Kirk.
Originally from Hatton, Kirk, who spent the last few years at Lexington, transferred back and gives the Hornets the immediate post player they were looking for.
Kirk is as good as she is tall too. The soon to be junior was active on both sides of the court Thursday, showcasing what she could do for Hatton this fall and winter.
Her presence gives the Hornets a different look heading into the season.
“That’s my hope. She’s from Hatton and she’s friends with the girls so they have meshed well,” Chamness said. “We’re looking for her and she’s looking for them so they’re playing well together. She’s a nice addition to the team and she gives us heighth in the post, something we were missing last year.”
It will be interesting to see how the team performs when Harville and Grissom are back in the fold.
As I said earlier, 2019-20 could be a big season for the girls in blue.