Shea Panter is a well-known coach in the Warren County area, especially around Warren County Middle School. Over this past summer, she has made the transition from WCMS to head coach of the Warren County Lady Pioneers. With a new staff in place, Panter has set her sights on what it takes to win at the high school level.
The basketball knowledge Panter and her staff bring to WCHS is considerable. As the practices become more intense and the official season tip-off approaches in a couple short weeks, fans of WCHS athletics are certainly abuzz about this upcoming girls basketball season.
The following is a transcript of a Southern Standard interview with coach Panter.
Q: Do you feel a certain amount of pressure to perform at this level your first season as head coach?
A: Anything I do I try to perform to the best of my abilities. With any new responsibility there is pressure to be the best you can. The team and I have really focused on a new year, a fresh start for everyone.
They continue to work hard and strive to exceed my expectations every day. It is my hope we continue that same effort this year and put a strong, confident, competitive team on the court this year.
Q: What do you feel the Lady Pioneers were missing you can introduce into the program?
A: The Lady Pioneers were missing discipline and intensity. We have a mantra this year: I2 - integrity and intensity. We want to set goals and standards for ourselves, do what we say we will do, and meet those goals by giving all we have by leaving it all on the court.
Q: What do you want to instill in these young ladies as they grow their knowledge and how to bring intensity each and every game?
A: We have been going through an intense workout regimen since May. The girls are learning to test their limits mentally and physically. They are learning how to push themselves to a new level of competition. The girls are also learning how to push each other with positive praise and motivation.
Q: What was the motivating factor in making the leap from WCMS at this particular time in your career?
A: I have wanted this job for awhile now. I love basketball and I love teaching it. I feel like this opportunity has opened a door for me to make a difference in kid’s lives using basketball. I will always miss the younger athletes, but I feel like this level is going to be just as fun. Todd Willmore has been very supportive in everything we are trying to do here. With the support of the staff and parents, we hope the Lady Pioneers can be something our community can be proud of.
Q: What will it take to win, offense or defense?
A: It is going to take a combined team effort every night to win. Yes we have talented players, but basketball is a team sport. We want to be the type of team that outworks the opponent every night. We want to be a team that shares the ball and supports each other on defense. We have several lineups that will allow us to have a different attack against different teams. We hope to be competitive and exciting to watch this season.
The Warren County High School basketball teams kick off their seasons Nov. 13. The Lady Pioneers will take part in the Hall of Champions tournament at Tullahoma and play Coffee County their first game. The Warren County girls team is also scheduled to play at Community on Saturday, Nov. 15.