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Lady Stallions off to good start with tough region slate ahead

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Kingstree – A fairly veteran girls basketball team at Williamsburg Academy should be in contention for a spot in the SCISA state playoffs come February, according to coach Ken Kellahan.

The team is off to a solid start this season, posting a 3-2 record in non-region games. The region schedule began on December 12th against Robert E. Lee. Kellahan says surviving a very competitive region is the first goal.

“It’s a really good region with a lot of solid teams and good players all over,” Kellahan said. “There will not be an easy night. I think we’re capable of competing in our region pretty well but we will certainly have to play well to have a chance.”

Included in the region this season is defending state champion Calhoun Academy, Thomas Sumter Academy, Palmetto Christian Academy, Carolina Academy, Northside Christian and Robert E. Lee.

“That’s a lot of region teams and a lot of region games so we have to get focused early,” Kellahan said. “Some regions, you have all of December to get ready because of the number of teams. We jump right into our region schedule, ready or not.”

Kellahan’s squad has a mixture of seniors and underclassmen but many of the players have at least one year of varsity experience. Two of the leaders this season will be senior point guard Brandi Gause and junior guard Maddie Watford.

Seniors Jeana Faye Reynolds and Marti Easler also work in the starting lineup, along with junior Kinslee Wilson. Coming off the bench regularly are senior post Hannah Morris, and juniors Ally Brown and Madison Lamb.

“We don’t really have that one dominant scorer, the go-to player, but we do get a pretty balanced scoring effort,” Kellahan said. “Several of the girls can score for us. We focus on playing defense and that has been a pretty consistent part of our game so far. We feel like if we can play fast and play good defense, we will get a lot of our offense from that.”

Kellahan says many of the players are athletes in other sports with several playing in the successful softball program. Attitude and effort are rarely a problem with this team.

“They love to compete and they play hard,” the coach said. “Our expectations are high with this team. We have some veteran players who have been in the program for a few years. We still have a long way to go this season, and we have to continue to progress and improve. But we feel like we can compete in the region.”

Gause and Easler sign softball scholarships

Two senior members of the highly successful Williamsburg Academy softball program, Brandi Gause and Marti Easler, recently signed their letter of intent to attend Columbia College to play softball. Both players will be fourth-year starters for Williamsburg Academy this spring and are past all-state selections.

Ard, Gaymon participate in all-star game

Williamsburg Academy football players Mac Ard and Jesse Gaymon were selected to play in the SCISA North-South all-star game, which was played on December 2nd at Northwood Academy.

Ard was the top tackler for the Stallions this season, finishing with 162 total hits. Gaymon finished as Williamsburg’s leading rusher with 697 yards and seven touchdowns.

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