ROCKINGHAM — Teddy Moseley has already hit the ground running.
Not even three weeks into his first month as head coach of the Richmond girls basketball team, Moseley has been busy building relationship with new and returning players, scheduling summer workouts and contacting coaches from other schools about possible scrimmages over the next month or two.
All of the work so far is a part of his mission to change the culture surrounding the girls basketball program. Instead of waiting until winter for team activities to commence, which has been the case in previous years, Moseley is making sure everyone involved becomes familiar with one another now so they can all be on the same page once the season rolls around.
“It’s very important,” Moseley said after Wednesday’s workout. “I told the girls that Pinecrest has played 15 games already (this summer). This is our first practice putting in any offense, so we’re three-to-four months behind.
“We’ve got some catching up to do,” he continued, “but with this talent that we’ve got, it won’t take long.”
The Lady Raiders kicked off the top of the week with individual workouts for those who were in town and then shifted to team workouts on Wednesday and Thursday. The main focus has been — and will continue to be — getting players to master the fundamentals: catching the ball on the perimeter; ripping through the defense; getting good position in the paint, etc.
He’s also using these sessions to work in his offensive sets, as the team spent time going through the different options for the play “Kansas” on Wednesday. And that’s just a taste of what the first-year coach wants to do in his debut season.
After accepting the position earlier this month, Moseley said he’s looking to “get the ball down the floor constantly” with the amount of speed he has on the roster. If the guards can’t find a scoring opportunity on the break, the hope is that they will bring the ball out and look to dump it inside to either rising sophomore Jakerra Covington or rising junior Jardai Tillman.
“We want to start from the inside. I think Jardai is going to be a big factor on the inside, as well as Jakerra,” Moseley said. “If we can play inside-out, that’s going to free up a lot of shots on the perimeter.”
Richmond returns its best four shooters from last season in rising juniors Keionna Love, Layne Maultsby, Hailey Miller and Dannon Shepard. Also proving they are capable threats from beyond the arc last season were rising junior Allexis Swiney, the team’s top returning scorer, and rising sophomore Jayla McDougald — who spent the entire regular season on the junior varsity squad.
Moseley believes, with that kind of balance on offense and Tillman’s size paired with the backcourt’s speed on defense, the Lady Raiders can make waves in the Sandhills Athletic Conference.
It all starts, however, with everyone showing up to summer practice and learning how they fit into the new system. There were a number of players missing this past week, but Moseley is expecting all to be in attendance at Monday’s workout.
”Everybody’s been kind of scattered out, here and there, so I’m excited about (getting everyone together),” he said.
The first test for the new-look Richmond team will be when it hosts Union Pines for a scrimmage on Thursday, July 12.
“We’re just trying to get as much game experience as possible,” he added.
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