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Gray Collegiate girls showing huge improvement

 

 

By Chris Dearing

Special Contributor

Moncks Corner - Gray Collegiate coach David Golden is in his second season and has seen a drastic improvement from last year to this season. After struggling some last year, the War Eagles are off to a hot start and ranked among the Class AA top 10 teams in the state.

“It’s been a lot different from last season,” Golden said. “It’s really a testament to how hard the girls have worked. We started last season in the first practice learning how to shoot lay-ups. They’ve bought in and starting to see some success for their hard work.”

Gray Collegiate has raced out to a 13-4 overall record and 3-0 in Region 3-AA. There’s a sold chance the War Eagles will be in line for home playoff games after finishing last season at 9-16 overall and 6-4 in region play and a loss on the road in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.

Senior Kayla Gordon has been leading the way thus far. She didn’t play basketball last season and has been a welcomed addition. She is averaging 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. But Doctor has plenty of help in the balanced attack.

“Kayla was a volleyball player last season but came out for basketball and has made us a much better team,” Golden said. “She’s gotten better the more she’s played.”

Fellow senior Adiyana Potts is averaging 9.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Seniors Rebekah Shoop (5.9 ppg), Kennede Street (5.8 ppg) and sophomore Ariadna Marti (5.9 ppg) all average over five points per game as well. Senior Truth Doctor (4.1 ppg) rounds out the mostly six-person rotation.

“Our senior class is our core for certain,” Golden said. “They’ve been here and been through the struggles but playing very well right now.”

“Adiyana is probably our best all around player. She is a great shooter and gotten better every year. She does a lot of different things for us. Shoop has become more consistent on her shot and that has allowed us to mover her around to play any position for us. Street is very athletic. She’s our emotional, energy leader. The girls really feed off of her. Marti moved here from Spain. She plays the European style and is very creative.”

Defensively, the War Eagles have been solid. They are only allowing just over 31 points per game in their wins this season.

“We hang our hats on our defense,” Golden said. “We’ve done a good job with it so far. It’s going to take us through the rest of the season for sure.”

 

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