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 Bamberg-Ehrhardt Lady Red Raiders working toward getting back to the playoffs

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – The Bamberg-Ehrhardt Lady Red Raiders have not made the AA playoffs in a couple of years so getting off to a 12-5/1-1 start to the season has brought a lot of excitement to Bamberg.

“We felt coming into the year we would be a good basketball team despite our youth. We only have two seniors and they are the team leaders. They lead by example on and off the court and the younger girls take notice of how they do things,” said head coach Chris Walker.

Defense has been this team’s “MO” as they allow only 28.6 points per game and that is where the senior leadership really comes into play.

Offensively, the Lady Raiders have had trouble at times putting the ball in the hole. Their defense will create offense, but they have had trouble finishing at the basket and hitting free throws.

“Like all coaches we stress the importance of free throw shooting. If we can get to around 75% it will help us. Our defense has been outstanding and has given us opportunities to score at the basket and we can change that. These are the things going forward we need to get done to be a factor in the region race and to make a run in the playoffs.”

Leading BE is the team’s spark plug is 5-8 senior wing Emoni Grant. She is a at are leads the team in several categories. Scoring 9 points with five boards and three assists a game.

Joining Grant in the starting lineup are three juniors in 5-1-point guard Bailey Ashe, 5-4 guard Shaniya McMillan and 5-6 forward Imoni Williams. McMillan was named to the All-Tournament at the Blackville early season tournament.

Sophomore forward 5-10 Kya Wilson rounds out the starting five and leads the Lady Raiders in scoring and rebounding. Knocking down 10 points and grabbing 9 rebounds a night. She had a season high of 17 points against Denmark-Olar.

BE’s version of the twin towers in Reagan & Riley Johnson. The 6-0 sophomores give them size off the bench. They are getting better offensively which will only help around the basket.

The team’s other senior is Shaun Williams. She is also a spot starter for coach Walker but off the bench she brings high energy and shot making ability.

Junior 5-10 center Zykariah Sellers and sophomore 5-6 guard Emma Bridges both can score but it is their defensive intensity that sparks the team.

Coach Walker, “We have a good mix of youth and experience on this team. If we can tweak the little things then we will be headed in the right direction.”

 

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