Since the LH girls basketball team is finally playing at home tonight – their first home game since Nov. 13 – it seems like a good time to get re-acquainted with the players, starting with guard Samantha Couch. Couch is a senior captain who transferred to LH in the 10th grade after previously attending Bishop Lynch. Numerous injuries have sidelined Couch throughout her basketball career, yet she remains one of the leaders of the Wildcats.
Q: The team has played only one home game this year. What has it been like playing so many road games?
A: It has been really tough. We have a pretty young team and whenever you are on the road you are at a disadvantage.
Q: How are you able to balance your academics and your athletics so well?
A: It is all about time management. I have to make use of all of my spare time.
Q: I know that you recently suffered a concussion. What happened?
A: Well, the girl that was guarding me tried to steal the ball and ended up head-butting me in the temple. My dad said that it would have been a great form tackle.
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Q: Did the doctors give you any limitations on what you are able to do?
A: The doctor said that I had to stay home for five days. I was not allowed to watch TV, use my phone, listen to music, see my friends for very long, or do schoolwork.
Q: How was it when the team played against the guys from The Ticket radio station last year?
A: It was a blast. I was hurt at the time, so I coached our team. It would be nice to be able to play them again this year.
Q: Was it hard for you to switch schools and get used to your new teammates?
A: The Lake Highlands team was very welcoming. The girls from the team were my first friends at the school. It was harder to make friends in class, though.
Q: What is the best thing about being on the girls basketball team?
A: Being a senior captain is awesome. It is rewarding that I am able to lead the team. We have a great opportunity to get another district championship and go deep in the playoffs.
Q: If the LH boys and girls basketball teams played against one another, how do you think your team would do?
A: It would be a lot closer than most people think.
The LH girls basketball team plays Molina tonight (Dec. 15) in a District 9-5A game starting at 7:30 p.m. (JV at 6 p.m.)