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Lamar hoopsters faring better in region play


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lamar – The boys and girls basketball teams at Lamar High struggled at the start of the season. A tough non-region slate of games did not bring much in the way of victories for either team.

But for many coaches, the focus during December non-region games is on building chemistry and seeing improvement. Those goals seemed to be achieved for the two teams at Lamar.

Now that region play as arrived, Lamar is starting to see some fruits for their labor. The girls team went 2-11 in non-region games but is off to a 3-1 start in region 3-A play. The boys team lost the first 15 games of this season but a 2-2 record in region play has them in position to earn a state playoff berth, if they can finish strong.

The girls team has a great chance to win the region title but will need to play well down the stretch. One of the leaders for this year’s team is junior Dea’Quashia Robinson, who is averaging nearly a double-double for the season at 9.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Junior A’Nyia Gates is adding 7.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, while junior Ja’Shyia Ham contributes 5.2 points per game.

There are no seniors on the girls roster. Aiana Hodges is the only other junior this season. Breana Dease is the lone sophomore. Freshmen LaKayla Peoples, Myasia Stephens, Joylan Dargan and Ziona White round out the roster and have seen playing time this winter.

The boys team also is a mixture of seniors and underclassmen who have been building the right chemistry. Junior Tavaris Dolford is one of the top offensive players on the team, scoring 13 points in a key region win over McBee recently. Senior Kingston Miller is averaging 8.5 points per game and senior Dashante Depugh is adding 5.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior Derrick Higgins has contributed 6.2 points per contest. Freshman Deontae Martin is scoring 8.1 points per game.

Dajour Green and Jaheim Jones are the other seniors on the roster. Rashad Johnson is the other junior. Rounding out the roster are freshmen JaQuan Toney, Jaimeke Dukes and Nirell Chavis.



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