As a college basketball player, Jennifer Lodge always looked forward to the season-opener.
As a first-time college head coach, suffice it to say her enthusiasm for the first tip-off is no less intense.
If anything, it’s intensified.
Lodge makes her regular-season coaching debut Friday in the Franklin College Tip-Off Tournament-opener against visiting Spalding. The game is the first of three in four days for the defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Grizzlies, who are eager to get back on the court after a rocky 94-34 exhibition loss Nov. 5 at NCAA Division I IUPUI.