Lady Tigers to build  on record season

Fayetteville High School Lady Tigers

Members of the Fayetteville High School Lady Tigers’ basketball team are (seated, from left) Isabella Martin, Za’Niyah Thomas, Kyliah Simpson, Hannah Giffin, Gracie Hoagland, Kelis Massey, Elexis Humphrey, Shaneka Nance, (standing) Destinee Rhea, Head Coach Holly Hoagland, India Bryson, Lilly Murray, Tatum Delap, Za’naria Robinson, Hannah Litaker, A’Maria Thomison, Ma’Raya Fulton and Assistant Coach Cartia Woodward. Not pictured are Kyerionna Kelso and managers Lily Hoagland, Hannah Martin, Emma Dye and Mayra Martinez.

Fayetteville High School’s Lady Tigers continue to build a successful basketball program, coming off a record-breaking season last school year.

Led by Head Coach Holly Hoagland and Assistant Coach Cartia Woodard, the Lady Tigers finished last season at 15-15, an FHS Lady Tiger school record for wins. The ladies also finished fourth in the district season last year and fourth in the district tournament, where they won their first district game in FHS girls’ basketball history. The Lady Tigers also won their first-ever Region 4A tournament game, falling in the region semifinals.

“We only lost one senior from last year’s team, so we return most of our team from last year,” said Hoagland. “We are returning starters Za’naria Robinson, Hannah Litaker, Isabella Martin, Gracie Hoagland and Elexis Humphrey. Hannah Giffin, A’maria Thomison, Shaneka Nance, Destinee Rhea and Tatum Delap will play key minutes, as well.”

Robinson, a senior, was named to the season and tournament All-District teams and All-Region team last season. Gracie Hoagland, a sophomore, was named to the All-Region team.

Robinson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, an NCAA D-1 university. Senior Hannah Litaker currently has five scholarship offers to play college basketball next year, according to her coach.

“Due to COVID-19, it’s been a crazy summer and fall,” Hoagland said. “We didn’t get to go to team camp and didn’t really get to practice much over the summer. The girls have maintained good attitudes amidst the chaos of COVID-19 and have worked really hard when we did get to finally be in the gym.

“I expect great things from this group,” she added. “We have put together an incredibly difficult schedule this year, scheduling up to play many AA and AAA programs, including Riverdale, Shelbyville, Columbia and Giles County, to name a few. It is a demanding schedule, but we want to challenge our girls and really be ready for district and post-season play.”

The Lady Tigers play in District 8A comprised of Cascade, Cornersville, Eagleville, Huntland and Moore County.

Fayetteville defeated Marshall County Thursday night 36-22 and lost to Moore County 46-34 in the tourney at Moore County.