A Lexington graduate Alec Bryen, has taken the reins of the Lady ‘Dawgs for the 2021-22 season.
A 2012 graduate, Bryen spent last season as the assistant boys basketball coach after spending a year as the head coach in Preston.
“I’m excited to be home and coaching in my hometown. I’ve known a lot of these girls for a long time,” said Bryen.
A new coach means a new way of doing things and that has translated in some good days full of learning and some more difficult days.
“Learning a new offense and defense means that we’re up and down. But, I’m seeing continued growth and dedication to getting better.
“I think with our experience coming back, we’ll show up to games where the opponent has little expectation, but they will get more than they bargain for,” Bryen said.
A young team with no seniors, Lexington returns four girls with starting experience that include sophomore Abby Sample and juniors Rylee Beason, Leslie Barber and Janelle Winterton.
Also standing out to the coach is junior Maddi Manuel.
“Maddi wants to be coached and learn how to do things better. She’s great at actively using what she’s been coached to do.”
Bryen said he and his team have an understanding that the key to the season is to understand and chisel away at their goal of being at their best by the playoffs. Every day is a day to get better.
Beason and Barber have taken on leadership roles for their team. As a starter and returning captain, Beason leads on the court.
More vocal with her teammates, Barber is not afraid to say what needs to be said as long as it’s for the betterment of her team.
The Lady Bulldogs finished last season with a 5-13 record, knocked out of postseason play by Washington.
Bryen said his goal for this season is to be a lot more competitive inside of the conference.
“The Purcell game is always tough and always a game we circle. I don’t know what our record will be but we will be a team that other teams will have to work to beat.”
The Lady Bulldogs kick off their season on Friday hosting Holdenville at 6:30 p.m.
Derek Clark begins his fourth season at Lexington, only this year he’ll be the head coach of the Bulldogs, not the Lady Bulldogs as he has done the past three years.
He replaces JD Beck who took a superintendent’s position in western Oklahoma.
Gone from last year’s squad are Teagin Pruitt, Seth Pearman, Carter Moore, Dakota Tarp, Tyler Stockdale and Josque Calixto.
Returning starters include Heath Winterton, Drew Dierking and Ezra Faulkenberry.
Clark reports his team will be able to play fast and space the floor.
“We need to improve on the defensive end of the floor,” the coach said. “Our ability to guard the dribble has to improve.”
The Bulldogs, who are coming off an 11-15 season last year, open the 21-22 season Friday at home against Holdenville. The girls will tip off at 6:30 followed by the boys.
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