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Lady Tigers preparing for regular season
Scrimmage set for Tuesday
Double dribble: Jaimme McLemore and Quintunya Chapman practice against each other as the Lady Tigers prep for regular season. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Faye Baker, Bradwell’s women’s basketball coach, is used to overcoming obstacles in her life. Her latest challenge comes as the Lady Tigers prepare for their basketball season.
“I had my first losing season last year when we went 13-14,” she said. “We were rebuilding, and I knew that, but there were definitely some teams we should not have lost to.”
The Lady Tigers have only three returning seniors with previous game experience. But once again, Baker sees the positive above the negative aspects a young team may bring.
“The beauty of this team is that we were young last year,” she said. “We lost four seniors, so the nucleus of the team is returning. They worked really hard during the off season and they did everything we asked them to do, like hitting the weights and attending summer camps.”
Baker said the improvement has been noticeable as the Lady Tigers hit the courts everyday for two hours to prepare for this season’s competition.
The Lady Tigers have a tough schedule facing regional opponents in Beach, Camden County, Savannah High and Groves. Their toughest non-regional opponent will likely be Glynn Academy.
Baker said her team’s one weakness she wants them to overcome is a lack of consistency.
“We had a problem with being consistent last season and that is something we are really working hard on,” she said. “Our strength is our quickness and the fact that we have kids willing to play defense. They know that defenses can win games and we are really working hard on defensive techniques right now.”
Baker feels her team will be able to shoot the ball from the outside a lot better this year, but she knows it is playing time that matters most.
“Because our team is young, we lack game experience which is something you can’t teach. Being young, some of the players lack that hands-on game experience. But as our younger players play, they will gain that experience and begin to develop themselves as well as the team as a whole,” she said. “Over the course of the year, the team should be able to compete very well into post season. Collectively we are working to fix those little things that can make last year’s losses into this year’s wins.”
The Lady Tigers hit the court Tuesday afternoon in a pre-season scrimmage and will open the regular season at home against Tattnall County on Nov. 27.
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