Lady Flyers want to be good now

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Joey Thacker says the Franklin County girls basketball team is going to be good.

He's just not sure when.

"We're going to be a good team," Thacker said. "It may be a month from now, it may be a year, but we've got three seniors on the team who want it to be today."

Thacker will shoot for sooner than later with a strong nucleus of returning players. The Lady Flyers lost just one senior, Candice Lightfoot, to graduation. Most of the team is still young, however.

"We definitely want to get better as the season goes along, and I think we will," Thacker said. "We are a young team still and it'll take some time to see how the girls adapt to a new system."

Thacker coached at Frankfort High the past two seasons before replacing former coach Lenore Sparks in late August. He says the change has gone well so far, but indicated it helps to have a stable team already in place.

"There's already good chemistry here, obviously," Thacker said of the Lady Flyers, who were 7-21 a year ago. "These girls have all played together and some nights that will have to play out for us."

Thacker isn't set on a starting lineup but he says that's not because players haven't stepped up to claim the spots.

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