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Laurens Academy High School

LADY CRUSADERS READY FOR ANOTHER TRY AT TITLE

By: Gerald Doolittle

Laurens, S.C. -The Laurens Academy Lady Crusaders coached by Jason Marlett are off to a good start to the 2017-18 basketball season. The Lady Crusaders have one goal this season; to take the big step of winning the SCISA CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP.

Last season the Lady Crusaders finished with a 26-4 record and was runners-up to the Lady Raiders from Dorchester. “We return our core group of players from last year’s team,”said Coach Marlett. “We have some newcomers that will learn as the season progresses. I believe we made some progress during summer camps and look to be stronger on defense and rebounding this season. We know our region will be stronger this year and we will need to improve if we want to stay atop the standings. We will have a challenging non-region schedule also which will prepare our team for the playoffs. Our girls have a goal to grow and get better each day, so they can put themselves in a position to return to the Civic Center for another shot at the State Championship.”

Coach Marlett has his entire 2016-17 team returning this season plus three players up from the junior varsity and two newcomers to the program. This year’s roster includes one senior, six juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. There will be a strong bench presence.

The starting point guard will be Taylor Campbell (sr). She has started the season strong in the first two wins against Wardlaw (54-28) and Shannon Forest (60-18). In the two games she has scored 21 points with 16 asist and 13 steals.

Ruthie Moore (jr) returns a much stronger weapon for Coach Marlett. In the first two games has scored 49 points and has 22 rebounds and has made 7 asist.

Coach Marlett has an army of forwards. Returning from last season are Mattie Noffz (jr), Julia Kerber (jr), Florence Mitchell (jr) and Hannah Stribling (jr). Joining this group of forwards will be Audrey Noffz (fr), Autumn Manley (fr) and Lindsey Burroughs (jr).

Supporting Campbell and Moore at the guard positions will be Reagan Williamson (so), Julia Marlett (fr) and Jennifer Wu (so).

The Lady Crusaders will work to defend their SCISA Region 2-A Crown and advance to the post-season to battle for the State Crown. They will battle Anderson Christian, Cambridge Academy, Newberry Academy, Richard Winn Academy and W.W. King Academy for the region. 

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