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Chesterfield High School

Chesterfield going with youth

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Chesterfield— The Chesterfield High girls basketball team are a young group this year starting two freshmen and one 8th grader the lady Golden Rams are 4-0 as of January 20th.

“The team is learning as we go,” said Head Coach Nick Jolly “We are having some growing pains, but we are showing flashes of some really good play. They have a ‘no quit’ attitude.”

He added that he would like to see his team improve on defense, where they need to be more disciplined.

Junior guard Marissa Shannon has become of the team’s co-captain leaders so far, along with co-captain Raeleigh Rivers, a freshman guard/forward and the team’s tri-captain senior guard Kaitlyn Gordon. Rivers is contributing 7 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Rivers is also a sparkplug on defense averaging 4.1 steals a game.

And to verify just how young this Chesterfield team is the leading scorer is an eighth grader – Kierra Diggs who is averaging seven points and 5.9 rebounds a game.

Freshman Jada Blackwell (5-10) is also contributing quality minutes for the Golden Rams and she is contributing 4.3 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.

Lorianna Dixon, a big- time softball prospect, is a sophomore 5-8 guard/forward who is seeing a lot of playing time as well. The team has only three seniors Gordan along with guard Amelia Gainey and forward/center Briante’ Johnson.

“I am really proud of how our young team is playing together and coming together,” Jolly said earlier this season. “With a young team better shot selection and overall offensive awareness and patience is something that must continue to be developed throughout the year,” said Coach Jolly. “We have made strides in this are already, but we still have room to improve.”

 Some other hard-working members of the team include sophomore forward Enija Lockhart, sophomore forward Malaysia Marsh, and 7th grader Trinity Turnage,

Goals for the Chesterfield team include making the playoffs, having a winning record at home, and staying undefeated in county play. The team’s four wins have come over Cheraw twice, York, and McBee. The team recently lost a highly competitive game to the Governors School 60-58.

The Chesterfield High boys are also working on goals for the second half of the season, including making a push for the post season. The Golden Rams, under the leadership of Head Coach Ernest Davis, have 6-9 record overall but more importantly, they are 3-2 in region play.

Critical games upcoming include a three-game road stretch against Buford, Lee Central, and Andrew Jackson. Both teams conclude the regular season on Valentine’s Day on the road against Lewisville.

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