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Johnsonville High School

 Young Lady Flashes building for the future

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – Heading into the 2018/19 season first year Johnsonville girls head basketball coach Walter Clark knew he had a young but talented group of girls and it would take some time to get used to the changes he was bringing to the program.

Coach Clark said, “My expectation for the girls is to get better every day. That is our motto right now. We have a very young team with 10 of the 12 girls being either a freshman or sophomore, and getting better is what we are focused on right now.”

The youth has certainly shown its head especially early in the season but as the season has progressed coach Clark has seen his squad improve, “We got off to a slow start this season while the girls became familiar with my plays, verbiage and coaching style. We have played well recently even in some of our region losses.”

Senior guard Jennifer Lewis is the lone upperclassmen in the starting lineup. She also one of the team’s two captains.

Four sophomores make up the rest of the starting lineup in guards TaNiya Timmons and

Tete Nesmith, forward Nya Verner and center Ny'Asia Graham.

Coming off the bench is senior center Kirby Blakely, sophomore guard Kiara Wright and freshmen guards Brooks Eaddy and Zyria Taylor. Blakely is the teams other captain.

Rounding out the squad are freshmen Amber Collins and Katie Racer.

“The girls have done a great job of working hard and learning everything I have thrown at them this season. We are in a very tough region, but I believe that will benefit us in the future. I feel that if we keep improving, we will put ourselves in the position to have a shot at making the playoffs this year,” said Coach Clark.

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