Friday, August 5, 2016
Lindsey Duvall & Chris Stallings Interview -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
BULLITT EAST SENIOR FOCUSED AND READY FOR SENIOR SEASON AND BEYOND
For just a minute, I wondered what I'd gotten myself into. Waiting to talk with Bullitt East head girls basketball coach Chris Stallings, I did a double take when he introduced himself to me.
He was wearing a UConn women's basketball t-shirt.
Was I on the brink of finding out something new in the recruitment of the talented Mt. Washington senior? Was Geno or Chris Dailey about to pop around the corner grinning in glee?
No worries. All is well.
"It's just what I put on this morning. I talked to our athletic apparel supplier this morning. There's a lot of red and black stuff on the way." Stallings related.
It appeared to be an easy give-and-take between Stallings and Duvall when they sit down to do an interview. They sometimes finish each other's sentences. One will nod in approval after the other makes a statement. It's been going on a long time. Lindsey started playing basketball at the age of four. It wasn't too long after that Coach Stallings noticed.
"At halftime of our games, in between games...we let the kids there go out and shoot on the floor. I started watched Lindsey...maybe in the second or third grade...her older sister played for me, you could tell at an early age she was sticking with it and she was going to be a player. She wasn't afraid of anything. A lot of people wouldn't go to the concession stand, they'd stay in the stands and watch her on the court. I'd tell people 'You gotta watch this little girl out there'. That's the beauty here...I've watched kids grow up and go through our varsity program...our summer camps. For me it's rewarding. I can help them move on."
Lindsey noticed a pain on the side of her knee last summer. There was also a big bump. It started out as an occasional thing. By October, it became constant. As she tells it:
"So I went to the doctor and they found a benign tumor. Basically, it was eating my bone away. So, they went in and got it out. At first we didn't know if it was benign or not. That was the scary part. There were some sleepless nights."
Even though Duvall was siding with UK verbally at the time, there was a constant caller. Coach Stallings reveals:
"Coach Walz was calling me. Checking on how she was doing. How she was handling things emotionally, mentally. He was concerned as a person, not just as a coach. That really meant a lot. It showed the care and compassion of the man, the program and it's culture."
There is work to be done. Walz, Stallings and Duvall all agree that she needs to work on the pull-up, mid-range jumper. She has taken that to task. One area where it appears she is "good-to-go" is free-throw shooting. She's a 80% plus shooter in her career. She's made almost 100 in a row in practice. She shoots them with her eyes closed and hits them.
A great and revealing interview on Thursday with the two. You can hear the entire interview on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR Saturday at 11 a.m. On WCHQ 100.9 FM locally and on the internet for all at www.crescenthillradio.com