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Lamar girls basketball wins region title this winter

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lamar – The Lamar High girls basketball team proved the old adage “it’s not how start, but how you finish” during the 2019-20 season.

Lamar struggled mightily in non-region play this season, managing just two wins against 14 losses. But when region play rolled around, Lamar took fire. Lamar went 6-2 in region play, capturing the region championship. Unfortunately, the season ended quickly in the state Class A playoffs as Lamar lost a first-round game to Ridge Spring-Monetta.

Several players had good production this season and with a host of underclassmen on the roster, the future looks good for the program.

Junior Dea’Quashia Robinson led the team in scoring at 10 points per game. She also averaged 8.6 rebounds per outing.

Junior A’Nyia Gates added 7.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while junior Ja’Shyia Ham averaged 6.3 points per game. Freshman Myasha Stephens contributed 5.7 points per game.

The boys team also had a solid showing in region play, finishing with a 3-5 record. The Silver Foxes lost a first round playoff game to Denmark-Olar and closed out the year at 4-22 overall.

Junior Tavaris Dolford led the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Freshman Deontaye Martin added 7.7 points per game and connected on a team-high 35 three-pointers.

Freshman JaQuan Toney scored 7.4 points per game and senior Dashante Depugh added 6.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.

The end of winter sports means the start of spring sports and Lamar expects to be competitive in both baseball and softball.

Back to lead the baseball team this spring are seniors Cole Amerson, Cam Galloway, Clay Tiller, JJ Langley and Shane Amerson. The Silver Foxes opened the 2020 season with a 3-1 win over Johnsonville.

The softball team finished 10-16 a year ago and returns some key personnel. Lamar also won their season opener, 11-5 over Ben Lippen.

 The team’s lone returning senior is Kaley Amerson. Key underclassmen returning include juniors Emmy Copeland and Heidi Anderson, and freshmen Kelly Anderson and Tatum Weaver. Kelly Anderson batted .436 with three home runs last season. Copeland batted .362.

 

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