Somerset coach Jim Brown and his Lady Jumpers have had nothing but bad luck, followed by more bad luck.

Somerset’s star point guard, Caiti Cowan sat out the first part of the season with an ACL injury and just when they finally got her back, Cowan suffered a stress fracture in her ankle that sidelined her for the rest of the season.

And before that, Lady Jumper sharp-shooter Chelsea Gomez when down with an ACL injury, sidelining her for the remainder of the season. And back-up point guard Mckenzie Chadwell has been sidelined due to illness.

Brown stated recently, that if it weren’t for bad luck, we would have no luck at all — just like the ‘Hee Haw’ song.

But with the remaining uninjured players left, Brown has been able to assemble a young core of ‘up-and-coming’ playmakers.

“Alley Childers (freshman) and Samantha Dorsey (eighth-grade) have really stepped up for us off the bench,” Brown said. “Polly West and Chelsea Felts have played so well , I don’t even think of them as just sophomores.”

“Our kids right now are executing our game plan and they all have a tremendous attitude to get better,” Brown said. “Watching these young kids step up, has been very rewarding to watch as a coach.”

Unfortunately for the Lady Jumpers, they are up against a tough first round opponent in the likes of Casey County. The Lady Rebels have been to the semi-finals of the 12th region tournament for the past two years.

Somerset was able to down Casey County 38-36 in their last meeting at the Briar Patch, but Brown warned that things might be a little tougher for the Lady Jumpers this time around.

“Since that win over Casey County in mid-January, our team has drastically changed due to injuries,” Brown said. “Casey is really playing well right now and they always play extremely well in March during the post season play.”

“For us to beat Casey County, we will have to overachieve and bring our A-game,” Brown commented. “For us to win it would take something of Biblical proportions. We might need a slingshot and five smooth stones — Casey may as well be Goliath and we are David.”

Somerset will need strong inside play from sophomore post player Caroline Clay and senior shooting forward Ashley Kimberl to be competitive with the Lady Rebels.

Casey County will also have the advantage of their home crowd, as they host this year’s 47th District Tournament. This could be a real test for the young players wearing the ‘purple and gold’.

“We have played in hostile environments and it should be a great atmosphere,” Brown said. “I just want our players to go into the game ready to play to at least give ourselves a chance to win.”

“Like most the games we have played this season, we are not favored to win,” Brown stated. “There will be more pressure on Casey County to win. It’s won or done and there’s no tomorrow.”

Somerset and Casey County will square-off on Wednesday, March 1 at 8 p.m.

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