The WCHS Lady Pioneers are about to get a shot in the arm, a big lift from senior Kam Nowlin. The team got off to a good start in 2020 without Nowlin, who was recovering from surgery at the beginning of the season.
Kam likes to drive to the basket, and she will be a good weapon on offense and a contributor on the boards as well. In a season darkened by COVID-19, Kam will be a bright light for 2021.
WCHS Lady Pioneer head coach Anthony Lippe is ready for Kam to return to the team.
Coach Lippe said, “Kam is one of our leaders. She leads with her actions on the floor. We’re definitely missing her as she is the most experienced player we have. She gives us another guard that can attack defenses off the dribble, and provides athleticism and speed that we need on the floor. Another interesting thing about Kam is that she’s one of our smaller players, but led us in rebounds last year. She’s scrappy and tough. She is the epitome of what a Lady Pioneer should be.”
Kam Nowlin began playing basketball at 5 years old in Murfreesboro. Her family moved to McMinnville when she was in fourth grade. She played basketball for Bobby Ray Elementary in the fifth grade. Kam is a senior on the Lady Pioneer basketball game, and she hopes to see her first game action of the season on Jan. 5, 2021.
Kam started experiencing pain in her right Achilles earlier in February of 2020. A doctor examined her and told her she had an extra bone in her right foot that was aggravating her Achilles. Initially, the diagnosis was that it could be treated, but if the pain continued, surgery would be necessary.
Kam played in all the games last season, except for the district tournament. Her right foot was in a boot. She was not able to play basketball again until October because of COVID-19. The discomfort continued. Kam had surgery Nov. 4 to remove the bone.
The doctor cleared Kam to return to basketball action on Dec. 18. Warren County athletics are shut down until Jan. 4. Kam will be ready to play on that date. She has actually started conditioning with other athletes recently at Boyd Christian gym with Jason Winningham.
COVID-19 has been especially disruptive for Kam because she wants to play basketball in college. She hopes the season is not cancelled so she can get some game film to show colleges. Her first choice of colleges is Tennessee State University. Unfortunately, TSU does not offer what Kam wishes to major in – sonography.
Another frustrating part of COVID-19 for Kam is not being in school regularly and seeing her friends. It may be unrealistic to think school will be back in session and games will start again in January. But for Kam’s sake, one hopes that the games will be played and she gets to have as normal a senior year as possible in 2021.