Former Lady Eagles playing at Pensacola Christian in initial season
Dayton, TN — Former Rhea County Lady Eagle basketball player Hope Baker has enjoyed the transition to college life and to college basketball. Hope was in town for the Christmas break and served as a basketball counselor in the Youth Christmas Tournament on December 20th at Rhea County Community Center. This was Hope’s first year as a counselor at the camp. After the camp, Hope took time to talk about the camp and about her first few months at Pensacola Christian.
Pensacola Christian is 6-6 so far this season. Hope has hit for a high of 13 points so far this year in a game against Welch College back in October.
What motivated you to be a counselor for the Christmas camp?
“I have always worked with Roy(Pankey) every since I was in 7th grade. I really liked to come out and help the kids and show them what I love to do and teaching some of the skill I know.”
“I like to help them improve their skill level.”
How has it been, working with Roy over the years as basketball mentor?
“Roy has taught me a lot about basketball. He taught me how to form my shot. He has helped me improve my game a lot.”
What has been the difference between high school and college as basketball player?
It has been a big transition. College is a lot faster pace and the girls are better.”
What has been the most rewarding part of playing basketball?
“I have had the opportunity to know a lot of people through the sport. Great way to grow and make new friends.”
What part of your basketball game do you need to work on the most?
“Need to work on my shot. I am not very consistent with my shot.”
How has your season gone so far?
“Season has gone well so far, but we have not began conference play yet.”
What made the difference in choosing Pensacola Christian as a school to further your education and your basketball career.
“I loved the campus of Pensacola and the coach and girls I play with. And it is by the beach.”
What are your future plans after finishing college?
“I am majoring in sports management. I would love someday to be a coach and PE teacher.”