MEMBERS OF THE PORTAGEVILLE LADY BULLDOGS are, front, from left Dajanay Wallace, Brianna Pitts, Anna Birdwell, Tellasha Luster, Destiney Crossno, Madison Palmer, Reagan Corbett; middle row, Aaliayah Blacksure, Deasha Simmons, Maura Kellams, Teonna Ray, Jill Kellams, Missy Fowler, Sasha Starnes, Caroline Samples, back row, Lauren Durbin, Taylor McCoy, Danielle Morgan, Jennifer Ifland, Jenna Hawkins
They have four returning starters this year. "Our seniors really have a lot of good qualities. We have a much larger group of girls in the two teams combined," said Coach Branscum. There are 18 girls. He treats the junior varsity and varsity team as one big team, and really did not want to pick out or single out a handful of players to be watching for.
"We are expecting a very competitive season," added Branscum. "We have more athletes playing this year than we have had the past few years. We are expecting big things for ourselves this season."
Their season began on Monday, Nov. 26 against Malden in the Bulldog Invitational at Steele.
The Lady Bulldogs will be traveling their next two games with Twin Rivers, Dec. 5 and Kennett, Dec. 8, before their first home game on Monday, Dec. 12 against Malden.
The returning starters are going to be the leaders and scorers on the court this year, and really set the tone for everybody else.