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WW King High School
Batesburg-Leesville

LADY KNIGHTS ON TRACK FOR A WINNING SEASON

By: Gerald Doolittle

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.- With six games left on the 2018-19 regular season schedule the 5-5 W.W. King Academy Lady Knights of Coach Dennis Gibson find themselves with a chance to have a winning season for the first time in four years.

After their thrilling come-from-behind win over Richard Winn last week the Lady Knights find themselves in the middle of a fight for the SCISA Region 1-A regular season title. Currently last years Champion Laurens Academy and Newberry Academy are fighting for top spot and W.W. King and Richard Winn are tied at 3-2 for third place.

The Lady Knights have five region games left on the schedule. They will face Anderson Christian School twice with single games left against Laurens Academy, Newberry Academy and Richard Winn Academy. They have already defeated Cambridge Academy twice for two of the region wins.

Coach Gibson is very pleased with the progress his young team has made. He only has seven players on his roster that includes 4 eighth graders, 1 freshman, 1 sophomore and 1 junior.

Much of the offensive punch has come from Chloe Herron (8th) who has a 12- point game average after ten games. She is a threat from anywhere on the court. She is strong in the paint and is not shy on taking aim from behind the arc. She also is the best weapon from the free throw line and is the leading rebounder averaging 9.5 per game.

Laci DuBose (9th) is second in scoring with an average of 6.2 points a game. She is also second in rebounds with 7 per game. She also leads the team in assist and is second from the free throw line.

Ashlyn Dowling (10th) comes in with a 5.2 pts per game. Dowling has played much of the season at point guard while Alex Mitchell (11th) was waiting to be cleared to play after her injury from last season. Mitchell returned to action after the holidays giving the Lady Knights more fire power from the guard positions. Dowling also is strong on defense with 22 steals.

Caylee Holsonback (8th) is an exciting player to watch as she is lightning quick on defense. She has scored most of her 40 points off steals leading to easy layups or trips to the line. She leads the team with 38 steals. She is also a good rebounder with 40.

Rounding out the Lady Knights roster is Marlee McCormick (8th) and Rebecca Sauls (8th). They have both had quality playing time in working the ball into Herron and Dowling for good shots.

Coach Gibson hopes his troops can continue their improved play and finish with a good seed in the region tournament and advance to a SCISA playoff spot.

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