Salisbury Girls Look to Take Next Step in New Season

Last season the Salisbury Lady Panthers went 18-9 and fell one win shy of back-to-back district championships. The Lady Panthers graduated no seniors from last year’s team but feature a new head coach in former assistant Cloe Billington. She discusses the transition to the head coaching position.

Billington’s husband Wade was the head coach of the Lady Panthers until last season when he moved into a job as principal in the school district. Tori Ricketts and Taylor Nolke are among the key returners to this year’s team. Billington expects depth to be a strength.

Nolke and Emmersyn Hammons are the lone seniors on the roster. The Lady Panthers allowed 44 points-a-game last season. Billington expects that number will go down this season.

The Lady Panthers opened the season at home Tuesday night against New Franklin. They’ll visit Macon next Tuesday before competing in the Centralia Tournament during the first week of December.