Moore thrilled with Christopher addition

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

Kayla Christopher made it official last week as the Oliver Springs two-time all-state guard honored her commitment by signing with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

And while Christopher and her family were happy about the signing, they weren't the only ones excited as Lady Moc head coach can't wait for Christopher's arrival.

"I feel very fortunate to get to coach a player of Kayla's caliber," Moore said. "I think she has an opportunity to be a great scorer for us. She can score in a variety of ways. She can shoot the three, she can score off the dribble and she has the ability to make everyone around her better with how well she sees the floor."

While Moore envisions Christopher as a great scorer from the shooting guard position, he also knows that Christopher has the skills to be a point guard and that will present a lot of trouble for opposing defenses.

"She will most likely play the two (shooting guard) for us because we want her to get shots and we want her to be able to run off screens to get open. We want her 'ringing the bell' so to speak," Moore said. "But she is capable of playing the point if we need to slide her over for a few minutes.

"Another big advantage of playing her at the two is that we will have two guards on the floor that can handle the ball and see the floor. It will make it really hard for opposing teams to press us when we have two good ball handlers on the floor."

Moore is also excited about getting another player from Oliver Springs. Former Lady 'Cat great Laura Hall graduated from Chattanooga last season after spending four years as the Lady Mocs starting point guard.

"That speaks volumes for Oliver Springs," he said. "They're a consistent winning program and that says a lot about the coaching they get. Coach (Michelle) Christopher (Kayla's mother) has done a great job with them and I expect them to be a contender again this year for the state tournament. Being a coach's daughter is another thing I like about Kayla."

While Moore can't wait until Christopher arrives on campus, he does want her to do one thing between now and then.

"She's like most freshman in that we want her to get stronger. We want her to spend a lot of time in the weight room before she gets here," he said. "She'll also have to adjust defensively because there are so many good players at this level, but offensively I'm excited about all aspects of her game. I think she's going to be a great player for us."