Area girls get ready for play­off games

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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.


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.



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. GRIF­FIN Clarksville

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