Considering First Presbyterian started a girls basketball program last year with only a junior varsity squad, one would think the Lady Highlanders would be struggling this season, their varsity debut.
FPCA is only 1-3 but opened GISA Region 2-A play Monday with a 54-20 victory against Providence Christian.
Leading the team thus far in scoring has been Catherine Scaggs, who is averaging 9.8 points per game. The other main point producers are Leitia Leiataua (8.3 ppg) and T’era Alston (7.5 ppg).
The Lady Highlanders will look to get another region win at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Georgia Christian in Valdosta. Their next game isn’t scheduled until Dec. 18 against Providence Christian.
“We do have a little time off, and we will be practicing,” said coach Rosby Fraiser. “Our main focus right now is teamwork, getting the girls to play together. We also want to concentrate on being more aggressive.”
Fraiser said she has a lot to be happy about. Her players’ ability to dribble has improved considerably since last season, but they still need to work on shifting from a right-side dribble to a left-side one.
“Everyone wants to go right, but every now and then you have to go left,” she said.
FPCA boys coach Darrell West praised his team for its 9-0 start. Improvement has been constant, which is what he wants to see.
“I’m hoping we will continue to build up enough steam and get everything worked out,” West said. “By the time January hits, we want everybody to be hitting on all cylinders.”
FPCA will visit Georgia Christian at 2 p.m. Saturday, and then has a two-week break before playing at Providence Christian on Dec. 18. West said the time between games will be well spent.
“We will work on fundamentals and try and keep them with a positive attitude,” he said. “We will do whatever we can do to keep the guys motivated.”
West said T.A. Alston, Joey Bell and A.J. Ansley have grown into their leadership roles, especially during close games. Bell leads the team with a 21 ppg average.
After far as region play goes, West expects Bethesda Day to be FPCA’s most formidable opponent.
No surprise there. The Highlanders went 2-3 against the Blazers last season. Their second win came in the GISA Class A title game.
On the JV front, David Linderman’s boys squad is 3-2 after defeating Snelson-Golden on Wednesday, 55-34.