Gore Pirates Basketball – Presented by Gore Drug

GORE PIRATES

BOYS

Coach: Jay Ray

18-19 Record: 6-16

The Pirates set sail with a new captain at the helm as Jay Ray enters his first season as head coach of the Gore program welcoming the return of three veterans to the starting lineup.  Jacob Morgan (6-2, Sr.) will energize the on court efforts as a shooting guard along with the athleticism and playmaking talents of Damion Dover (5-11, Sr.) and Weston Shanks (5-11, Jr.) as the trio enter a third year with game time experience.  Expected to add to the point parade in coach Ray’s offense will be James Bane (5-11, Sr.), Brady Thomas (5-10, So.) along with Brock Warren (5-9, Jr.) and James Dover (5-10, Sr.). 

The experience of these seven players added with the youth and added efforts of all 24 players have Ray anxious to get everyone in the gym.

“The football team’s success will spill over to the basketball team with time,” said Ray referencing a playoff run on the gridiron limiting practice time on the court. “The something about winning that carries over from sport to sport. And, with time will find our identity to create winning opportunities this season.”

GIRLS

Coach: John Mays

18-19 Record:  5-16

The recipe for success for the Lady Pirates includes two returning starters plus newcomers that have first year head coach John Mays optimistic about how the ingredients will blend together resulting in victories.  A trio of seniors will take the lead as Taylor Short (5-9, Sr.), Leanna Barnes (5-3, Sr.) and Abbi Ray (5-5, Sr.) to provide leadership for a young but energetic roster.  A quartet of juniors who have added playing time experience including Karli Springer (5-9, Jr.), Addison Sheffield (5-5, Jr.), Skye Brooksher (5-3, Jr.) and Kara Brimm (5-6, Jr.) will be joined by Ralea Brooksher (5-4, So.), Aspyn Cearly (5-8, Fr.) and Macey Brimm (5-4, Fr.) as the Lady Pirates blend their never ending work ethic and energy into a winning combination.

“Adding things together, we’re going to rely upon the returning players early on as we adjust to a new system,” said Mays. “It may take us awhile to gel everything together but we’ll be okay in the end when it counts the most.”