Lexington’s Lady ‘Dawgs will hit the court on Tuesday, November 29 at Davis for their first game of the season.
“The Davis game will be hard. It’s the first game and Davis ended the girls’ season last year so they’ve been counting down the days. It’s a get-back game,” new head coach Jacobi Couch said.
Couch, in his first season at Lexington, will use his experience as an assistant coach in Midwest City and Del City to push the team to a more uptempo style.
He spent two years coaching at Jarman Middle School then moved on to Midwest City High School where he was an assisant for the boys’ basketball team. Following that stint, Couch was the head assistant coach at Del City High School for the girls’ basketball team.
After two years, he made the jump to Lexington as the head coach.
“My experience at bigger schools will help to change the game for the girls here at Lexington. I’m used to playing faster and we’ll use that uptempo style this season,” Couch said.
Last year’s young Lexington team finished the season with a 3-20 record. There were no seniors on the team last year.
Couch had high praise for his team and their desire to achieve goals, their team mentality and how much they have bought into his new style and the program.
“This is a good group. They are eager to learn and they want to be good and work hard. They are close with each other and that makes them want to play harder for each other.”
With a seaon full of tough games on the schedule, Couch is excited to see his team in action and learn to win and compete at a high level.
Games with Purcell, Washington, Lindsay and Marlow are games Couch knows will be tests for his team.
“Those are the games that will show us what we’re made of.”
A new face is leading the Lexington Bulldogs this season.
Tyler Thetford is in his third year as a head coach having led the Wanette Tigers for the past two years.
“I’m excited to be in Lexington where my family has been working and attending school for a few years,” Thetford said.
The ‘Dawgs were beaten out of postseason play last year by Hugo. And, lost to graduation were Heath Winterton, Jameson Smith, Smith Paul, Chase Johnson, Cooper Bean, Israel Trejo, Brian Calbarilla and Seth Pyle.
Several key players are returning to the court for the Lexington Bulldogs this season, including senior Ezra Faulkenberry. Juniors who have contributed in seasons past are Zeke Faulkenberry, Ty Mixon, Drew Dierking and Gage Lagace.
Thetford’s time with his team has been short since the end of football but he’s seen some of last years’ game film and he has a good idea of who he will rely on for this upcoming season.
“We’re a junior-heavy team and we have a good returning core. Their experience will be helpful,” Thetford said.
A three team scrimmage is scheduled during the Thanksgiving break which will provide a good look at his team as he determines his starting lineup for the beginning of the season.
Lexington’s first game is in Davis on November 29 and Thetford says they have several games on the schedule that will be tough but that all games are important.
“We always have our eye on Purcell, but we don’t ever want to look past any upcoming game. All the games on the schedule are important,” Thetford said.
“Overall, I’m happy with the team’s hard work and I have a positive outlook on the season.”
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