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Winter sports season begins this week

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm

The guys basketball team got in a scrimmage this past week and the girls got in two over this past week and a half. Both showed the players and the coaching staffs just how far they had to go to get ready for the long and tough season that begins this week in earnest.

The Indian girls traveled to West Point on Thursday of week before last. They learned, as scrimmages are supposed to do, the things they needed to work on as the season begins this week. They also learned the Lady Pointers will be expected to be one of the strongest teams in Region 1A East play for the 2019-2020 season. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving they scrimmaged 2A King William here to further develop as a team. They won one quarter against a taller and deeper squad.

Two things became immediately clear in the Lady Indians two scrimmages. First they are not in shape for a run and gun game, secondly, they still both “telegraph” and float their passes. This allows opposition defenses to both anticipate and intercept those passes.

The 2019-2020 Indian team has seniors Samaiya Churchill, Chaunicey Drake, Ke’najah Johnson and Kristian Thompson; juniors Kaylie Baker, Emily Burgess, Autumn Coleman, Yuneque Craigway, Shnyiah Drake, Ariyanah Hudnall and Emma Smith; sophomores Alexandra Grillakis, Brooklinn Morris and Tanaya Seldon. Lewis Howard returns as Head Coach, he will be assisted by Wayne Carter, Kevin Rice, Terrill Diggs and Keyva Parker. The Lady Indians open this week hosting Mathews and King & Queen before going to Mathews on the Monday, the ninth of December.

The JV girls also had rough outings in their two scrimmages. Coach Terrill Diggs said, “It’s still a learning process, five of six girls have never played basketball.” This year’s team has freshmen A’Mya Coleman,Taleyah Drake, Deonna Hudnall, Johnae Jackson, Abigail Jennings, Nora Jett, Kiara Rice, Ni’Shaya Sanders,  Kiara Thompson-Morris and Layton Saunders plus eighth grader Azoryona Haskins. Terrill Diggs will be coaching with Keyva Parker as his assistant.

The varsity guys team also had a rough outing in their travel to 2A King William. In the past couple of years the guys have been able to field teams largely made up of seniors. That is definitely not the case for the 2019-2020 team. This year’s team has some talented players from last year’s successful JV team but they soon learned the varsity game is a much different ball game. King William threw some red hot three point shooters at them, and coupled  with two 6’5” large bodies in the middle made this a real learning experience for the team. Head Coach Michael Stevenson had the following comments, “We have a lot of inexperience, we made lot of mistakes, a lot of learning. We got some positive experience out of the scrimmage. They got a taste of the varsity level and know what they have to do to be successful.” He added, “We have long way to go.” And that experience will be coming just press time when they visit Mathews to open the season this week.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 12/4/19