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Central girls working to get better

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Pageland— The Pageland Central Eagles girls basketball team has struggled this season, still looking for their first win after 18 games, but Head Coach Eddie Rivers said that he is proud of his team’s efforts.

“With our lone upperclassman on the shelf with a concussion, we are starting five Freshmen each night,” he says. “They have been working hard to get better, but they are still very young and continue to make young mistakes.  I am most proud of the attitude and effort that these young ladies continue to give each night.”

With what amounts to a junior varsity team playing varsity, the future is where the Lady Eagles will shine the most.

“The biggest strength will be in the coming years,” he explains. “We are suffering the growing pains of playing a varsity schedule with young players.”

Rivers added that his team will continue to work hard down the stretch regardless of the final score.

“I would hope that our ability to score increases as we move toward the end of the season,” he explains. “We need to continue to play solid defense and be more confident in our ability to play the game.”

Junior Yvonne Vanderpool is the lone underclassmen who is out due to her injury.

“Yvonne has been performing really well and was having another All-Region type year, hopefully the concussion will not keep her out for too long,” the head coach says. 

Maia Price and Madison Hamilton (both freshmen) have played really well recently with Maia handling the ball and Madison as our go to post player. 

“We are still a work in progress and the 0-18 season has been a huge disappointment, however we will continue to practice and work hard as we build for the future with these freshmen.”

Other key players for the Lady Eagles this season also include Freshman Janiah Wilson, Freshman Kelley Chambers, and Freshman Kaylee Davis.

Among the goals for the Central Lady Eagles at this point in their season is to get better and pick up a few wins down the.

“I would love to see these girls get a few wins, but we play in pretty strong region,” says Rivers.

The boys basketball team is led by Head Coach Charlie Brown, and the Eagles are currently 5-13 overall but unfortunately winless in region play, making a playoff berth increasingly tougher.

Brown is optimistic though.

“I still think our best basketball is ahead of us,” he says.

He added that right now his team is struggling offensively to make basic basketball plays, something the team is working to improve upon.

Playing well for the Eagles right now are Caleb Cofield, Robert Price, and Jemiah Smith.

Brown pointed out that his team is still working to get better.

“Our team has six seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores. They all get along on and off the court,” he says. “Our team personality is still developing following the loss of an instrumental 2018 senior class.”

Overall, the Eagles are athletic and can play good defense. The offensive issues are proving, however, to be costly, something Brown and his team will continue to work to improve.

“We need to work on attacking zone (defenses) and improving our offensive awareness,” says Brown.

 “If we can combine basic basketball skills and team game play knowledge with that out athletic ability we could (pick up some wins down the stretch),” he adds.

The Eagles’ teams have games left at Lee Central, home against Lewisville, at North Central, at Buford, home against Chesterfield, and at Andrew Jackson.

 

 

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