Area girls get ready for playoff games
ATLANTA (14-9) VS. TATUM (31-0)
SITE, TIME: Ornelas Gym, East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Class 4A bi-district championship.
LAST ROUND: The Lady Rabbs rallied past Canton, 56-52, and the third-ranked Lady Eagles trounced Kilgore, 71-15.
ATLANTA’ S LINEUP: Keyona Easter (3) PG; Sheveonia Smith (0) SG; Kaydee Kelly (5); TeShuna Sheppard (2) F; Kinsey Kelly (11) F; Gracie Smith (1) G; Brittany Collins (30) F.
COACH’S COMMENTS: Atlanta's Jarrick Farmer—“Canton basically had control of the game, and so we gave them a different look, defensively, late. We wanted to give them a changeup so they had to adjust and give them a little bit of frustration. They're a really good shooting team, and our (halfcourt) press was able to force some turnovers; it paid off because the girls believed in it.
“If we can get help in the zone and keep their point guard (Bri Mitchell) from penetrating it will help us. She's a good basketball player, but we need to make them live by the shot instead of driving and layups, we'll have a good chance. They play very good defense, aggressive defense, and we need to take care of the ball. If we can do those two things, it should be an interesting game.”
NEXTROUND: The winner advances to play Gilmer or Brownsboro in the regional quarterfinals next week.
MCLEOD (26-6) VS. CAMPBELL
SITE,TIME: Wildcat Gym, Big Sandy, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Class 2A area championship. LAST ROUND: McLeod beat Big Sandy, 69-46, and the Lady Indians topped Celeste, 58-49.
M cLEOD ’S LINEUP: Tessa Glenn (12) G; Selena Moon (14) G; Shelby Davis (22) G; Emma Parker (30) P; Anna Parker (24) G; Jillian Ellis (15) wing.
COACH ’ S COMMENTS: McLeod's Marty Francis—“We started out a little slow, but once we got comfortable we picked up right where we left off in district. We played pretty well.
“We went to watch Campbell play a warm-up game against Redwater, and they can press you the whole game or they can drop back and play man-to-man the whole game. They'll be tough to beat, but I think we can play with them. Depending on who gets the rebound for them, they like to push the ball up the floor.
“We need to handle their pressure, not turn the ball over and give them easy layups in transition. We need to keep the ball in the middle because they like to trap on the sideline. They try to create a lot of offense from turnovers. If we take care of the ball, we'll be OK.”
NEXT ROUND: The winner plays either Union Grove or Wolfe City in next week's regional quarterfinals.
VS. HONEY GROVE (24-6)
SITE,TIME: Wildcat Gym, Paris, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Class 2A area championship.
LAST ROUND: Clarksville edged Carlisle, 65-63, and Honey Grove routed North Hopkins, 75-18.
CLARKSVILLE’S LINEUP: LaQuesha Clark (3) PG; Asjah Griffin (10) SG; Carol Croom (24) wing; Au'Tyana Turner (5) F; Chakyrah Griffin (32) F; Eryn Reed (2) G; Ty Watkins (12) F; Quenaja Jackson (30) G.
COACH ’ S COMMENTS : Clarksville's Tom Manginell—“We played like a very young, inexperienced team playing in our first playoff game. You could tell we were thinking too much about the fact that it was a playoff basketball game, instead of just playing basketball. There were simple things that we were making mistakes with, and I could just tell their minds were a little flustered.
“I hope against Honey Grove to see a better job of executing out game plan and believing in what we have done all year long. We don't need to get outside of the moment—just play basketball. Honey Grove has been a very successful program recently, they're very well-coached, have a very good point guard and are athletic. They're going to be a tall task for us.
“We have not been a very good shooting team percentage-wise. You can attribute a lot of things to inexperience and youth, but with the way the girls play— they play hard and play until the final second—when we shoot the ball well, we're tough to beat.”
NEXT ROUND: The winner faces Martin's Mill or Rivercrest in the regional quarterfinals next week.
KI. KELLY Atlanta
A. PARKER McLeod
A. GRIFFIN Clarksville