The Lincolnton Lady Wolves basketball team finished the 2011-2012 season with a 16-9 overall record, a 10-4 Southern Piedmont Conference record and their first playoff win in 12 seasons.
Jimmy Carr, after his fifth season as head coach, was awarded the Southern Piedmont Coach of the Year award for the second straight season after a year of milestones.
â€œItâ€™s always an honor to be selected Coach of the Year by your peers,â€ Carr said.
â€œWe have a great group of coaches in the Southern Piedmont Conference, and itâ€™s exciting for our program. I feel like there are always coaches in the conference that deserve it, and everyone works just as hard as we do.â€
Lincolnton opened the 2A state playoffs with a 54-45 win over Madison before a road trip to Wilkes Central, the No. 1 seed in the western region, that resulted in a 59-26 loss.
â€œWhen we were setting goals at the beginning of the year, one of our goals was to make it out of the first round of playoffs and see where we can go from there,â€ Carr said. â€œWe wanted to get a playoff win under our belt. Thatâ€™s one of the things we can really look back on, that we set ourselves up to get a home playoff game and won one.â€
Several players from the 2011-2012 team will be back for the 2012-2013 season. Junior Treasure Avery averaged 11.1 points per game with 6.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 4.3 steals per game and junior Bridget Derr averaged 9.6 rebounds per game.
â€œWeâ€™re returning a strong nucleus that has tons of experience from this past year,â€ Carr said, â€œand we have some good players coming up from junior varsity.â€
Carr said each new season is a learning experience, not just for his players, but also for him.
â€œI try to teach the girls, but I feel like sometimes they teach me more than I teach them,â€ he said.
â€œTheir attitudes and how they come in prepared and ready to work, and seeing their youthfulness and excitement helps to rejuvenate me. There were times during the year where we had to face adversity, and we had to pull together as a team. We had to pull for each other.â€
Carr was quick to recognize the help he received from his assistant coaches Ian Leith, Scott Mann and Mitch Cline, and said he owed a great debt to his first coachâ€”his mother.
â€œShe raised me to love sports and always encouraged me to go after my dreams,â€ he said. â€œShe showed me what hard work was and how hard work can pay off and she instilled in me a passion to serve others and to always keep a positive attitude.â€
Carr also said he was thankful for the support of his wife and daughter.
â€œI would like to thank my wife, Laura and my daughter, Maelyn for understanding my many hours away from home,â€ he said.
â€œMy wife always supports my passion to be a teacher and Maelyn loves being around the basketball team, she thinks all the ladies are her big sisters.
â€œAll of these people make me a better coach and a better person and without them this award would not be possible.â€