Jim Masters, a 1989 graduate of Western Hills High School, returned to Frankfort Monday night as the coach of one of the best young teams in the Commonwealth.
The now 9-2 Lady Commodores - made up mostly of sophomores - defeated Franklin County 73-58 at FCHS. Sophomore Brittany Pittman led Tates Creek with 22 points and was joined in double figures by classmate Philnisha Lindsey with 12 and freshman Sibbie Marsh with 14.
"This was the first time I've coached against Franklin County and being a Western Hills grad, yes, it was good to come in and get a win," said Masters, who is in his first year at Tates Creek after three years as the head coach at Danville.
Masters has 10 sophomores on his roster and one freshman starter.
"We've been lucky, but this is the best start Tates Creek has ever had," he said. "While I'm in my first year as coach, the girls are actually building on what they started last year."
Tates Creek jumped out to a 10-2 start before Franklin County senior Candice Lightfoot hit the Lady Flyers' first field goal nearly four minutes into the game. The Lady Commodores maintained a double-digit lead through most of the first half and led 40-22 at intermission.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.