Mid-Continent coach Courtney Nicley said her expectations are high for Futrell, who spent four-plus seasons with the high school team and was the Lady Wildcats’ starting point guard last season.
“We’re really excited to have Audrey come and be a part of our team,” Nicley said. “I know she’ll be a hard worker for our team and bring a lot. We look for her to be a shooter. I’ve got a couple of point guards coming in, so we’ll look for her to be more of a shooting guard.”
Futrell missed her sophomore season due to injury and had to fight through pain during parts of her junior and senior years, but Breckel said Futrell remained a consistent force for the Lady ‘Cats despite those setbacks.
“I can’t think of anything but perserverance when it comes to Audrey and what she’s been through in her career,” Breckel said. “She’s excelled in basketball and in academics at Trigg County. She’s definitely an example of what we want our students to be when they graduate. She’s been a role model for the younger kids.”
Breckel said Futrell, the only senior on the 2009-10 squad, set an example for the kind of leader the team needs.
“She was a true leader on our team, and I’ve not had a lot of those in the years I’ve been here,” Breckel said. “She took on that role and accepted it. She’s a good communicator with the kids on the floor, and her tenacity and work ethic set a good example for her teammates.”
Futrell was offered the chance to play at Mid-Continent after attending an open tryout. Nicley said she liked what she saw from Futrell on the floor.
“You can tell she’s a hard worker,” Nicley said. “I can tell she’ll come in to practice every day and want to work hard and improve. She’s got the attitude that she wants to help the program in any way she can.”
Nicley said Futrell’s aggressiveness on defense will help the team, which struggled on defense last season.
“I’m hoping to get more girls like that to help our program,” Nicley said.
Futrell, who is undecided on a major, said she’s excited about the challenge of playing basketball at the next level. She also considered Union College in Barbourville but decided Mid-Continent was a better fit.
“It’s closer to home, and it’s more of a Christian setting,” Futrell said. “I’ve got a better feeling about going there than anywhere else.”
Futrell joked that she’d miss Breckel “a little bit,” adding that she’ll have many great memories from her time at Trigg.
“We’ve made a lot of memories on and off the court, the coaches and the team” Futrell said. “I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without [Breckel and assistant coach Matt Wilder]. They’ve helped me in every area, not just in fundamentals but in being more vocal and being a leader.”