Plenty of blowouts on the horizon for Lady Knights

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The first two girls basketball games I went to this season were blowouts, and not much fun to cover. Friday night's season opener between Smithville and East Knox wasn't even fun for the Smithville crowd that watched the Smithies smother the Bulldogs.

West Holmes' game against Tri-Valley wasn't much more fun to endure on Saturday.

Sadly, with all the talent West Holmes brings to the floor this season, I'm afraid there are going to be a lot of games similar to Saturday's thrashing of Tri-Valley.

The Lady Knights are one of those teams that seems to have it all: size, depth, shooters, ball handlers and girls who love to play defense.

Laina Snyder is a junior 6-footer who has guard skills in a post player's body. She is truly fun to watch, but a nightmare for opponents.

Emily Molnar and Rachelle Morrison are a pair of point guards who often are on the court at the same time, giving the Knights a pair of people who can get the offense into motion.

Paiten Strother is a record-setting threat from beyond the arc and Justice Wright is another scoring threat who also brings defensive intensity to the floor.

West Holmes also has something it hasn't had in coach Lisa Patterson's tenure, and that is a huge senior class. There are six seniors on the squad this year, Wright and Morrison included.

Other seniors include post players Mallori Vess and Natalie Abraham and guards Maria Straits and Jordan Snow.

Vess was one of the top offensive rebounders for the girls last year when West Holmes went to the state title game, and she was deadly scoring from around the bucket.

Abraham had a huge game against Tri-Valley in the opener, scoring eight points and grabbing a couple rebounds. You could see her confidence grow each trip down the floor. What a bonus it would be for the Knights if she could produce like that every night out.

There are a slew of talented youngsters on the squad as well, making it hard for the all of them to get playing time. But when the games are as one-sided as the opening-night win was, it makes it easy for all of the players to get onto the court.

Freshman Hannah Clark scored on a reverse layup in the final minutes of the Tri-Valley win, the first of many buckets she is sure to score in her career. I saw shades of her mother (Julie Martin) as she moved up and down the floor.

It's hard to believe I've been doing this job long enough to see kids of kids I covered 20 years ago. Time sure flies when you're having fun.

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