PRESTONSBURG —  When the Prestonsburg High School girls' basketball team opened preseason practice earlier in the month, players were surprised with a newly remodeled locker room.

"Seeing the girls' faces made all the hard work over the past three months worth it," Prestonsburg coach Brandon Kidd said, following his team's first practice on Monday, Oct. 15. 

Multiple individuals, including Chester Slone, helped with the Prestonsburg girls' basketball project. 

"Having someone like Chester Slone that sacrificed his time to build these amazing lockers for our girls is amazing," said Kidd. "It takes people like Chester that want to see this program improve and change to get the job done."

The Lady Blackcats are poised to carry some momentum over into the 2018-19 season. Kidd made an immediate impact in his first campaign as the Lady Blackcats' head coach. He guided Prestonsburg to a 12-18 record during the 2017/2018 season. 

"When I came to Prestonsburg, I said I wanted to build this program from the ground up and this was a huge step in this process," added Kidd. "The girls deserve this. If we want to be a championship program then we need to look like a championship program and that’s what I’m trying to do here.

"The complete remodel took three months to complete. I want to thank my wife and kids and Chester’s family for allowing us to complete this for the girls. We spent a lot of long days and late nights away from them. Their support was amazing."

The Lady Blackcats resumed preseason practice earlier in the week. Prestonsburg is scheduled to tip-off the 2018/2019 season on the road at Belfry on November 27.

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