Abby Brogden// Staff Writer
On Saturday Oct. 10, the Volunteer State Community College Lady Pioneers, or women’s basketball team, will be hosting a scrimmage against Cumberland University at 10 A.M. in the Moore Gymnasium at the Pickel Field House.
Head Coach of the team, Otis Key, is excited about the scrimmage. This will be the second time the Lady Pioneers have played Cumberland. “We played the them last year and it went pretty well. I’m expecting big things to come from this,” said Key.
The Lady Pioneers have been conditioning for the last three weeks and are eager to get a ball back into their hands for actual practice during the next week.
The team consists of seven first-time freshmen and five sophomores. “Youth and inexperience are going to be one of our main problems. Most of the girls on the court with the exception of one are freshmen.
“And that is difficult in itself because the expectation of how hard to play and learning each and every night what works and doesn’t work, just experience over all. Once we get that balance down, we should be fine,” said Key
Key is a former basketball player from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Just after graduating from APSU, Key was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, which is a basketball team that puts on shows to entertain with forms of stunts and tricks.
“I was very fortunate to not only be able to play the game but have to charisma to go with,” said Key
This season the Lady Pioneers will travel far and wide including to Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama.
“[The girls} want to play. They all come from very successful high school back grounds, very successful programs, and tough coaches. The will and the want are there so I’m just eager to see them get out there and play,” said Key.