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Hannah-Pamplico girls set sights on playoffs

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Pamplico—The Hannah-Pamplico girls’ basketball team has a new face in charge as Nick Dixon takes over this winter. The Raiders are 2-3 to start the season, but they are continuing to make positive strides.

“We’ve improved from game one to game five. We want to be better than the day before. We’ve made strides in the fundamental part of the game, and that’s one thing I’m proud of. The girls give me great effort. They don’t mind getting on the floor for loose balls, grabbing rebounds and playing physical defense,” Dixon said.

Senior wing Tatyana Timmons leads the team with 13 points and seven rebounds per game while sophomore guard Maddy Boyle (7 points, 5 rebounds) and sophomore forward Hailey Rodgers (5 points, 6 rebounds) have contributed as well.

“Those three have stood out to me. They’ve provided leadership and hold the other girls accountable. The good thing is that two of them are only sophomores,” Dixon said.

Senior point guard Imani Simmons is another starter, chipping in with eight points, four rebounds and two steals each night. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Turner rounds out the lineup.

Hannah-Pamplico only has 10 players on the roster, so senior guard Keyla Campbell, sophomore guard Tya Campbell, freshman guard Lalaira Ellison, senior forward Kechell Timmons and junior forward Aayanna Washington have all gotten playing time.

“Everybody should know all the positions so I can sub people into different spots and they’ll know what to do. I believe if I put you on the team, I’m going to play you. You might get as many minutes as some other people, but you will play,” Dixon said.

The Raiders have a handful of games before Christmas break, but begin their quest toward a playoff berth once school comes back in January. They travel to Lake View (Jan. 9) and Creek Bridge (Jan. 12) before the conference home opener Jan. 16 against defending Lower State champion Green Sea-Floyds.

“I wanted to build a program instead of just a team. We didn’t have a middle school program last year, but we’ve got one this year, and we’re trying to build that up. We’re kind of young, but I think we can be competitive this year. Our goal is to make playoffs this year,” Dixon said.

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