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Coach Moorhead Takes Over JDA Girl’s Basketball Program Needing Just Two Wins To Reach 600 Career Wins Over 38 Seasons

By Billy G. Baker

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Blackville—As Barry Moorehead begins his 38th year coaching high school basketball, this time as a first year girl’s head coach at Jefferson Davis Academy, he has two goals in mind for the program going forward.

“On a personal note I am two wins shy of 600 and we are a developing young team so when those two wins come you never know but it would be nice to hit that milestone at some point this season,” said Coach Moorehead. “From a team perspective we just need to get better at every practice and take that improvement into the next game.

“The program has not had many wins in recent years and getting interest in the program right now is a major challenge,” said “We went to a team camp this summer at Lander University and two of the players we were hoping to contribute decided not to come out so that was a setback. “We are improving bit by bit on offense and learning how to execute better but our defense needs a lot of improvement.”

The team was 0-4 as of December, 14th but Coach Moorehead said the games are getting much closer as the season moves along.

The team captains are the three seniors on the team. Senior forward Bethany Stokes plays the forward slot and she is averaging two points and four rebounds a game. Anna Beth Morgan returns to start at the point and she is the team’s floor general leading the way in assists. Morgan had a season high 10 points against Clarendon Hall recently. The other senior captain is 6-1 post player Karrie Atkins who is a three year starter averaging five blocks and five rebound a game.

The team’s leading scorer is sophomore forward Kiersten Phillips averaging 8 points and six rebounds a game. “Kiersten has star potential on offense and she has played more minutes then anyone else on the team this season,” said Coach Moorehead. “She is very competitive and gives 100 per cent effort.”

Sharing time at the 2-3 position are 5-10 freshman Caroline Robinson who goes to the basket well and has a good upside and junior Meg Garvin who is a good ball handler with few turnovers.

Two additional players add depth to the team in freshman Alexis Ray, described as a good defender and freshman Abbie Grace Weeks who uses her quickness to help the team.

The team will not participate in a Holiday tournament. Coach Moorehead is assisted by Ken Fredrick.

Through the years Coach Moorehead has reached the state finals seven times winning four state titles and he has earned several HSSR Coach of the Year awards as well.

 

Williams Expects Jefferson Davis Boy’s basketball To Compete For Region Title With Strong Senior Leadership

By Billy G. Baker

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Blackville—The football team’s confidence level of winning 9 games and playing in the SCISA 8-man Div. II finals should carry some confidence over to the basketball team at Jefferson Davis Academy as many players play on both teams.

The team is 2-2 as of December, 14th and they are coached by fourth year veteran Brian Williams. Last year the Raiders had around a .500 season. The Raiders have defeated W.W. King twice and there two losses were to Wardlaw and Clarendon Hall.

“We have a solid group of players and I see no reason why we shouldn’t compete for a region title this year,” said Coach Williams reached on a duck hunting trip to Arkansas. “This is by far the best team I’ve had at Jefferson Davis over the past four seasons. We have a core group of players who have been in the program for awhile.

“Our strength is our senior leadership,” said Coach Williams. “We are still working on being a better shooting team and we are needing some of our players to make the transition from football to basketball and that should not be a problem much longer.”

While most of the team are made up of players who played football the top player on the team didn’t play football and he is four year starter and HSSR all-state point guard performer Adam Gee. Gee, a senior captain is leading the team in scoring with double figure numbers. “Adam shoots the ball very well and has great court sense,” said Coach Williams. “He drives to the basket well, pass the ball well, and he is just a good all-around teammate.”

The other co-captain of the team is senior Chance Morris who is a combo guard and the team’s second leading scorer at 14 points a game. Morris is starting for the third year and he and Gee team up to the Raiders a formidable backcourt. In fact Gee and Morris often change positions on the court.

Coach Williams utilizes a three guard offense with senior Owen Davis, sophomore Nick Darnell and junior Lance Ray all sharing time at the third guard slot. The power forward is 6-3 junior Samuel Fredrick who is described as a good rebounder who also scores well in the paint. Fredrick is averaging 8 points and 8 rebounds a game.

Senior Noah Darnell is like a sixth man off the bench and he is versatile playing down low or out front depending on where he is needed or who might be in foul trouble. Jeremy Davis is a sophomore power forward who adds depth to the squad.

Currently senior Wyatt Brant has been starting at center for the Raiders and he is in his first year on the team. Brant is averaging six rebounds a game. Mid-year Denmark-Olar transfer St. Angelo Davis is a 6-2 center expected to contribute right away. “We are looking forward to Davis being able to play soon and he should be force in the paint on offense and defense,” said Coach Williams. “He has a chance to be a major impact player for us.”

The team will play at St. Johns Christian Academy on December, 15th and they will also participate in a three game holiday tournament over the winter break.

Coach Williams is assisted by Chris Campbell.

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