Four Quarters with Lacy Bagbey
After cheering for the basketball team the past three years, Lacy Bagbey has proven to be a valuable addition to the Sterlington Lady Panthers on the floor as a senior.
In her first season of varsity basketball, the 5-6 Bagbey has started several games at forward and post, contributing significantly on defense and on the boards.
Understandably, Bagbey has had to work off some rust in her first season with the varsity.
“Lacy has continued to get a better feel for the game every day,” Sterlington coach Darlene Eubanks said. “She's contributed some key buckets for us.”
Bagbey and Jasmyne Washington are the Lady Panthers' only two seniors.
“Both of our seniors are very similar,” Eubanks said. “They both smile a lot and have a pleasant demeanor, but they're very competitive. They've both been a pleasure to work with and coach.”
When the girls game is over, Bagbey joins the cheerleading squad for the boys game.
A 3.89 student, Bagbey is entering her fourth year as a triple jumper and sprinter for the track team.
NOWN: When did you start playing basketball?
Lacy Bagbey: I played on rec teams as a kid and played in the seventh and eighth grade. I stopped my freshman year.
NOWN: Why did you decide to start playing again as a senior?
Bagbey: I’ve always loved the game of basketball and felt like I would have enough time to play my senior year.
NOWN: What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of basketball?
Bagbey: My least favorite part would have to be losing. My favorite is playing the game and winning.
NOWN: How difficult is it to juggle basketball and cheerleading?
Bagbey: Since it's my senior year, cheerleading is almost over with. I've been able to make most of the games. Whenever I have to make a decision, it's difficult to know which one to choose.
NOWN: What is the biggest improvement you have made since the beginning of the season?
Bagbey: I'm getting better on my defensive stance and I'm doing better on my shots. I was a little rusty when I came back.
NOWN: What are the Lady Panthers' strengths and weaknesses?
Bagbey: Our strength is that we know each other's strengths and weaknesses, so we are able to set each other up for success.
Our biggest weakness is that we turn the ball over too much.
NOWN: What are your individual strengths and weaknesses?
Bagbey: My weakness is my dribbling.
My strength is being able to guard someone.
NOWN: What are your team and individual goals for the remainder of the season?
Bagbey: I want us to win every game through district and make it through the playoffs.
My individual goal is to work harder and get my skills up so I can play more.
NOWN: What are your thoughts on the future of the program?
Bagbey: We have a young group, so they are going to have more opportunities to work together. I feel
like they are going to be really strong next year.
NOWN: What are you going to miss the most about playing high school basketball and cheerleading?
Bagbey: I'm definitely going to miss the game of basketball and being able to play with the girls on this team because we've developed such a close bond.
The cheerleaders are like my second family, everyone on the squad. Performing — that's my favorite part of cheer.
NOWN: What is something you hope to accomplish during your senior year?
Bagbey: I hope to make it to the state track meet —for triple jump especially — and place in the top five.
NOWN: What are your future plans?
Bagbey: I plan to attend ULM, major in biology and eventually become an optometrist.
NOWN: Why an optometrist?
Bagbey: Because I have vision problems and it's always been interesting to me, going to the eye doctor.