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Felder wants Cross girls to compete at high level

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Cross—Last season was a learning and growing experience for the Cross girls’ basketball team.  The Trojans finished third in region play before falling to eventual state champion East Clarendon in the second round of the playoffs.

They bring plenty of experience back this winter and head coach Reese Felder is making sure they take care of their own business before looking towards the end of the season.

“Our expectation is to play and practice with a winning mentality.  We just hope to be able to compete in every game this season.  I’ve taken the focus off of winning a championship and focused on winning the day.  If we can continue to put days together where we’re thinking like winners and competing like winners, in the end we’ll be the winners we desire to be,” said Felder.

Cross will build around senior center Shatyra Moree, who was the Region 5-A Player of the Year in 2017-18 after averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks per game.

“She’s worked very hard this summer and picked up some interest and an offer.  She’s on the right track academically and has put in a lot of extra time working on her body.  Our coaches have worked with her on conditioning and maintaining her weight so she can make it through the season,” Felder said.

Freshman wing/forward Taia Gattis has displayed great effort and toughness after getting action as an eighth-grader while senior guard/forward Raynee Green (seven rebounds, five steals) is back after earning All-Region honors.

Sophomore guard Jah’Laya Vega-Velez and freshman guard Nevaeh Smith are two players Felder expects to take on larger roles this season. 

Junior guard Lauryn Wilson, who transferred from Berkeley, has been a positive in the locker room early on as well.

“She has been a pleasant surprise.  She has come in a displayed some leadership and great basketball IQ.  She understands what I want and is able to convey that message to the team,” Felder said.

Other players on the roster include seniors K’Quadasia Rollison, Jordyn Jenkins, Zaria Wilson and LaDaysha Brown.

Cross has its first scrimmage Nov. 8 against Calhoun County.  The Trojans host Palmetto Scholars Academy Nov. 28 in the regular season opener.


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