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Jefferson Davis High School

Jefferson Davis Academy Basketball Teams Working Hard For Strong Finish To Season

By Billy G. baker

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Blackville-Barry Morehead is no longer the athletic director and head girls’ varsity head basketball coach at Jefferson Davis Academy.

The girl’s team is being headed up by interim head coach Kelvin Phillips and Bart Owens is serving as the interim athletic director until the rest of the school is over.

Coach Phillips inherits a team that is 1-0 over-all and 0-4 in the region. “My objective is to o keep everyone on the team together and work hard towards improvement,” said Coach Phillips. “We are working hard at improving our ball handling and playing better defense.

“Our strength right now is the fact that we hustle and give good effort,” he said. “We are stressing keeping a positive attitude. We hope to win some games and close the season on a positive note.”

The team is built around senior captain and team leader Kiersten Phillips who is averaging close to 10 points an 8 rebounds a game. Cate Poulson is a sophomore center and Caroline Robertson is a junior forward averaging seven points a game. Ainsley Grace Still is a sophomore guard and Natalie Creech being a sophomore forward. Maddie Pritchard is a sophomore guard working hard also.

The boy’s team is under the direction of Chris Campbell and the Raiders are 10-6 and 3-4 entering the back half of the season.

 Senior guard Nick Darnell continues to have an outstanding senior season. Darnell is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 6.5 steals a game and he has been on the team four years. Seth Davis is another key player and he is averaging 12.5 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.4 steals to aid the team.  S. Davis is averaging 9 points per game.

Football prospect Garrison Owens is a 6-8 sophomore averaging six points and 12 rebounds a game. Hunter Owens is contributing 4.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.

Both teams will be in action on January 27th against rival Andrew Jackson Academy.   

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