“Lenis Stallings’ career as a head basketball coach didn’t begin as the way she wanted as her Wiley Lady Wildcats dropped their first four games. However, they have since won the last two,” shares Nathan Hague of The Marshall News Messenger.

“I think that I had to get better,” Stallings said when asked what the difference was in the two wins. “It was my first time out and I’m just going to blame it on myself. I talked to my mentor, watched more film and spent more time with the girls and I think that I had to make a few adjustments. We’ve just played harder. There’s trust on both ends.”

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She added she has built trust with her senior class.

“My four seniors are going to be crazy, crazy hard to replace,” Stallings offered. “I’ve got leadership on the court and off the court and they play hard. They play like this is their last go around. There’s a lot of personality in those four. I don’t think either of those four are scared to say anything. They don’t hold back but they definitely play hard for me.”

One of those four seniors is Brianna Tolliver, who Stallings said leads by both vocally and by example.

“It’s hard to say in words because she does so many things for us,” Stallings said when asked what Tolliver brings to the table. “She thinks she’s my least favorite because I’m always talking to her but she just brings a dynamic to the team that makes us that much better. Read more via The Marshall News Messenger.