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Central Girls’ Team Working Hard On Basketball Court To finish Season Strong

By Billy G. Baker


Pageland—The Central Lady Eagles basketball team, despite being 4-9 at the mid-point of the basketball season, are keeping their heads up and working hard to get better with a chance to make the playoffs with a strong finish.

The team is head coached by EddiePopRivers. “We are hoping to qualify for the playoffs with a strong finish,” he said. “Our strength is our resolve to continue to paly through adversity. We have had to overcome a lot this season and qualifying for the playoffs will make it seem successful and worthwhile.”

Through January 24 the Lady Eagles were being led in scoring by top senior Yvonne Vanderpool at 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 1.5 assists a game. The starting shooting guard is sophomore Kelly Chambers who is averaging 3.6 points and 2,8 rebounds a game. Sophomore small forward Kaylee Dais is contributing 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds a game.

The team is very young starting three sophomores, a senior, and one junior. Janiah Wilson is a sophomore point guard averaging 2.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game while junior Amber Gainey is scoring 2.1 points and averaging 5.7 rebounds a game. The Lady Eagles appear to be a strong rebounding team in the paint.

Some key players off the bench are freshman Olivia Airrington and freshman Amira Raso.

In Central most recent win over Chesterfield 45-38 Wilson scored a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Airrington had six points and 13 rebounds over the Lady Rams. Chambers came through with 8 points and Vanderpool scored four points and pulled down 1o rebounds.

Central’s other three wins came over Cheraw, Lewisville and Monroe, N.C.


Central Boys Hoping For Late Run To Improve On 6-11 Record At Mid-Point Of Season    

By Billy G, Baker

Publisher—Junior power forward Robert Price was a returning all-region player for the Eagles varsity boys’ basketball team this season and his play should earn him another all-region selection if he can finish out the 2019-20 season strong.

Through January, 24 Price (6-1, 191) was averaging 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 assists a game. He has improved five points a game in scoring over last season. Freshman guard Jaydyn Sowell is next in scoring at 9.7 points and 1.6 rebounds a game. Junior small forward Jayden Clark helped the team by getting two rebounds a game. Sophomore point guard Jamious Dunlap has a good future in the program as the young performer is averaging 7.8 points 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2/1 assists a game.

Chris Rushing is a strong athlete (6-0, 205) at center where he is averaging 3.6 points, and 3.1 rebounds a game.

In a 62-57 win over Buford earlier in January Price had a double-double scoring 20 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Sowell chipped in with 19 points. In a 50-40 win over North central this season Dunlap had 12 points, six rebounds and a season high seven steals in the game. Sowell added 16 points ad Price had 14.

Both the boy’s and girl’s teams will be very active with six games scheduled between January, 28 an the end of the regular season on February, 11. The teams will be at Lewisville on the 28th then at home for a game with Monroe, NC on the 29th. The Eagles host North Central on the 31st. In the month of February, they host Buford on the 4th, go to Chesterfield on the 7th and play the regular season finale at home with Andrew Jackson on the 11th.  


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