Combest basketball era starts at CHS

Crestview girls basketball

Crestview girls basketball coach Kathy Combest pays close attention to what is happen on the floor during a recent practice.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After a three-year absence from basketball, Kathy Combest is back on the sidelines coaching the sport that has defined and shaped her life.

Crestview’s Combest era opened Monday at Navarre. Combest will lead her team onto the floor of the Crestview gym at 7 p.m. Friday, when the Bulldogs host Niceville in a District 2-6A game.

Combest said the team will be a work in progress as she juggles lineups and player groupings, namely who does what best in certain situations.

“I’m still trying to figure out what’s the best pairing and who’s going to what and who is going to come in for somebody,” she said. “I did that with volleyball last year and this year with volleyball it was easier. I’m thinking (that seeing) them playing (in games) will help me a little bit, too, in deciding who plays better together.”

Like Crestview, Niceville opens the season with a new coach, and Combest said the scouting report on the Eagles is sketchy at best.

Combest spent most of the last three years watching her daughter, former Baker star Chelsea Combest, play college basketball and hasn’t seen a lot of high school ball in that time.

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