Players graduate, and new ones take their place. But a constant presence at Grayson County High School is Coach Bryan Jones, 38, whose mission is to create strong and responsible young men.
During a time-out called after a spell of sloppy execution, Alana gathers and refocuses her players, who pay rapt attention.
The love story begins. After meeting at a party at Eastern Kentucky University in 2005, Alana and Bryan embark on the journey which will ultimately bring them to Leitchfield.
Alana and Bryan shout encouragement to Breigh as she leads a fast break during a spirited varsity practice.
In the hustle and bustle of getting out the door in the morning, Alana commands the younger girls while Breigh waits in the shadows.
As the Director of the Grayson County High School Alternative School, Bryan is intently committed to helping all students succeed. Here, he counsels 16-year-old Nevaeh Nash.
The stern faces of coach Jones and players belie the fact that Lady Cougars were up by 15 points.
Trailing by a large margin at halftime, Coach Jones encourages his players to fight on till the end. “You need to show character. You need to show heart, for yourselves and for each other.” Waylon Bruce (from left), Dalton Russell, Jacob Leslie, Jaren VanMeter and Will Vincent absorb Coach’s words.
With time and the game slipping away, Bryan searches the bench for answers.
The pain and disappointment of the loss melt away as Alana meets Bryan in an empty stadium after the game. They savor these quiet moments as the weekend brings basketball tournaments for the girls and game preparation for next week’s match for Bryan. “We’ll catch up at some point,” Alana said.