Welocme back to "Phil for the Game." This week, we'll talk about the Sherman High Lady Tide basketball team that, as of CVN print deadline, is undefeated at 10-0 this season after a week filled with snow days in Boone County Schools.

Sherman coach Terri Dawn Williams has spent over a decade as the Lady Tide leader along with assistant coach Rick Saunders, who has coached multiple sports at the school for about four decades. Williams spoke about keeping the girls grounded.

"We try to not talk about being undefeated or our ranking," she said. "We try to focus on getting better every game. We make sure to tell them what they did right every game but we also tell them everything they did wrong and how we can work on it to get better. The team has really come together and they get along great."

Led by senior Madelynn Toney and juniors Dejah Busby and Zoie Hess, the Lady Tide started the season without their starting point guard who decided not to return this season. Sherman has been fortunate that freshmen Caraline Nelson, Abby Riley and Amber Maloskey have been big contributors.

"Everyone has been contributing," coach Williams said. "If one player doesn't have a good game we have another one stepping up. That's the biggest thing this year. We have everyone contributing. Coming into the year, I knew we would play some freshmen but didn't know how they would handle the pressure and they have done a good job up to this point. We need to continue getting better every day."

The Lady Tide will travel to Tolsia on Jan. 25. The squad will travel to Van to face the Lady Bulldogs of Van (7-3) to end their season on Feb. 13, which will serve as a cross-county clash of Class A teams looking to make some noise in the post-season.

Van is led by coach Terry Weaver and assistant coach Stephanie Lafauci.

On another subject, I will be having ankle reconstruction surgery on Jan. 26. I'll be immobile for a couple more months. I want to thank everyone who has worked with me through this to help me keep our sports page rolling.

I haven't been to many hoops games this year but our coaches, both boys and girls have kept me informed with phone calls and emails. I should be back on my feet for baseball season. A big thanks to J.T. and Tonia Handley for the amazing action photos.

Also, I am currently looking for former Scott High and Van High standout athletes from all eras that I can catch up with in my columns. Please send suggestions and contact info to me at pperry@hdmediallc.com. Until next time, Play like a champion, today!

Email Coal Valley News reporter Phil Perry at pperry@hdmediallc.com.

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