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Laurens Academy High School

Laurens Academy looking for second half push

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Laurens— The Laurens Academy boys basketball team hoping to make a post season push in the second half of the season.

Currently the team is in third place in the region and hovering around .500 overall.

“We have two recent losses in region play to Anderson Christian and Richard Winn,” says Head Coach Travis Plowden. “We have struggled in the half court in both losses.  Hopefully, we will be able to make immediate improvement as the rest of the schedule are region games.”

Currently Caio Rita leads the team in points, rebounds, and assists.  Laurens Academy’s second leading scorer is Diamonte Grant and he also leads the team in blocks. 

Thomas Lowry and Luke Kerber are providing good leadership.  Cal Robertson and Clarence Bertoli are playing well on defense with Robertson leading the team in steals.

Plowden said earlier in the season that his team’s biggest issue so far has been consistency.

“We play really good nights and then some nights we do not play all that well,” he says. “Offensively we have had some good nights and then other nights when we can’t score.

“We need to get better on both ends of the court, especially defensively. There is no reason why you should not be good every single night defensively. That’s something that we have to improve upon.”

The girls basketball team at Laurens Academy is currently 4-1 in region play and 13-5 overall under Head Coach Jason Marlett.

Leading the girls in scoring is Senior Blair Quarles at just under 14 points a game, along with nearly seven rebounds.

Fellow Senior Reagan Williamson, a point guard, is averaging 10.5 points per game, along with four rebounds, three assists a game, and 1.5 steals.

Eighth grader Olivia Huck is averaging just over eight points a game.

Marlett says that the strength of the team overall is their defense.




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