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Ridge Spring-Monetta High School

Johnson Set Once Again To Guide The RSM Girl’s Basketball team To Success

By Billy G. Baker

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 Monetta—It would be an understatement to say that the great playoff run of the Ride Spring-Monetta football team earning a sport in the Class A state title football finals rearranged the start of the basketball season for the boys and girls teams at RSM but neither coach minded at all.

“It was great for school spirit to see the football team make it all the way to the state finals,” said 40 year coaching veteran Gail Johnson who also coaches up the volleyball team at RSM. “Nobody wanted to play just the girl’s and with every member of the boys basketball team playing football when the season started we had to postpone some games. Things are getting back to normal.”

The Lady Trojans finally played their first official game on December, 17th against Saluda and they lost a hard-fought game 40-37. The team also had played two pre-season game in the Augusta area so Coach Johnson said the team’s official record is 1-2 after three games.

Against Saluda 5th year Jalyiah Bussey scored 11 points and she did a good job of running the point and being a good floor general. She was the two guard but with the graduation of all-state and six-year performer Crystal Preston she has bene moved to the point.

Camaya Brown returns as a senior shooting guard and sophomore McKenzie Kinard is a power forward with good inside play. Ali Gilliam is in the five spot and she had 9 rebounds and scored five points against Saluda.

The first player off the bench is sharp-shooting guard Melaeh Jones who can hit threes effectively. Another contributor at the five spot is Tamia Brown. “Tamia is a big bodied center and no one is going to move her out the way in the paint,” said Coach Johnson. “As a coach you always appreciate having a big body to put that in the paint to block shots.”

Junior Destiny Glover can play 3-4-5 and Nykah Dublin comes in as a strong outside shooter. Amanea Gilliam is a guard who helps along with sophomore center Nehmiah Black.

“If we play like we are capable we should have not problem of reaching our goal of finishing in the top three,” said Coach Johnson. “We have to cut down on the turnovers, make out free throws, and stay focused. This team has a lot of potential.”

RSM will participate in a Holiday tournament hosted by Blackville-Hilda December, 26-28. The team will play Estill on January, 3rd and then Blackville-Hilda on the 17th. Coach Johnson is assisted by her daughter Cordelia Johnson.

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