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HHS schedule

Aug. 18 Clay County

Aug. 19 Leslie County

Aug. 21 Barbourville

Aug. 25 at Leslie County

Aug. 26 at Jenkins

Aug. 28 Letcher Central

Aug. 30 at All “A” Classic

Sept. 2 Red Bird

Sept. 4 at Barbourville

Sept. 8 at Knox Central

Sept. 9 at Harlan County

Sept. 15 Bell County

Sept. 16 Lynn Camp

Sept. 19-20 First Priority Tournament at Whitley County

Sept. 22 at Middlesboro

Sept. 23 Harlan County

Sept. 29 at Bell County

Sept. 30 Middlesboro

Oct. 2 at Red Bird

Oct. 6 Jenkins

Oct. 7 at Lynn Camp

Oct. 14 at Letcher Central

Oct. 16 Knox Central

Oct. 20 District tourney at Harlan

Oct. 27 Region tourney at HCHS

HHS roster

Sr. Taylor Horton 8

Sr. Becky Posey 30

Jr. Shanae Thomas 1

Jr. Hannah Vaughn 18

Jr. Sarah Kidnocker 33

Jr. Paige Woodsby 35

Jr. Danielle Miller 45

Jr. Tarolynn Burkhart 42

So. Jasmine Honeycutt 00

So. Taylor Smith 2

So. Lanie Browning 10

So. Jesse Cochran 12

So. Sidney Horton 17

So. Callie Wilson 23

So. Bethany Day 25

Fr. Alyssa Moses 7

Fr. Katelyn Fox 15

7th Madison Lawson 3

7th Kyla Lefevers 4

7th Madison Middleton 5

7th Emily Morgan 6

7th Rylee Meachum 9

After first-round exits in five of the past six years, the Harlan Lady Dragons and coach Tara Posey are hungry for a deeper postseason run, and with only one senior graduating from last year’s 6-22 team, expectations are high for a turnaround.

“They are experienced, but they still have to learn to work together and come together as a team,” Posey said. “I expect them to at least go to region this year, at least make an appearance.”

Working together will be crucial to the Lady Dragons’ success, according to Posey.

“We have to utilize the talent we have on this team, and the girls have to know who is around them and who is on the floor,” she said. “They have to set them up to get some kills.”

Becky Posey, the coach’s daughter, is one of only two seniors on the team and will be counted on to be one of the Lady Dragons’ top players.

“Her serving has really improved,” Posey said. “She really started to get better last year and that carried through over the summer. I expect some good serving from her.”

Paige Woodsby, a junior who has played since middle school, is the most experienced player on the roster.

“She is a key player for us. She makes some plays that really surprise you,” Posey said.

Hannah Vaughn, also a junior, is one of the top servers on the squad.

“She has a wonderful serve,” Posey said. “She has also improved her spiking. I expect her to play a lot.”

Sidney Horton, a sophomore, has also impressed the coaching staff in the preseason.

“Sidney has been working hard in practice,” Posey said. “If she continues to work hard and improve, I hope to use her a lot on the floor.”

Posey is counting on junior Shanae Thomas and sophomore Jessie Cochran, both returning starters, to provide some athleticism.

“Shanae and Jessie moved into the lineup midway through last season and I expect a lot from those — a lot of blocks and a lot of spiking,” Posey said. “I also hope one of them will step up and be a vocal

Danielle Miller, a junior, will play a key role for the Lady Dragons around the net.

“We have a lot of big girls,” Posey said. “We just hope to keep them on the floor and get them in positions where they can help us.”

Taylor Horton, the Lady Dragons’ only other senior, is also expected to see varsity action, along with junior Tarolynn Burkhart.

Harlan opened its season with home games against Clay County, Leslie County and Barbourville. The Lady Dragons begin their district schedule Sept. 9 at Harlan County.

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