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Predators looking for continued improvement

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Augusta Christian's Olivia Piccolo snags a rebound just out of the reach of Fox Creek's Keiana Green (21) and Taylor Sheppard (5). Also in the action is Piccolo's teammate, Ella Brucker. The Lions beat the Predators 46-24.

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The Fox Creek girls basketball team has struggled in the early part of the season, but are making improvements going into region play.


The Predators (1-4) competed in the Garden City Classic over the weekend, winning one and dropping two games.


“We had some ups and downs,” Richard Brady, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “We’ve got a lot of young girls, and one of our older girls, Domonique (Moore), was out sick, so we were missing her.”


The Predators saw improvement during the Garden City Classic, where they were led by the play of Keiana Green, who poured in 31 points in Fox Creek’s win on Friday.


“We lost on Thursday, we didn’t play really well,” Brady said. “We came back on Friday and won. Keiana Green had 31 points of our 43 points. We came back Saturday early, at 9 a.m., still without Domonique (Moore) against a Curtis Baptist team that beat us pretty bad in a scrimmage. We played better against them, they won 44-30, but we seem to be getting better.”


Green, one of three seniors on the roster, wants her team to focus on the defensive end of the floor going forward.


“We want to play more aggressively and get the ball away from the other team,” she said. “If we can do that, pass the ball better and cut down on turnovers, we’ll get better.”


The senior was happy with her performance at the Garden City Classic, but wants her team to improve heading into region play.


“I was able to lead my team in scoring and help them defensively to get the wins we did get (in the tournament),” Green said. “In our region games, we need to play defense and execute our offense better.”


Brady and the Predators have three games before Christmas break, with the region opener against Wagener-Salley on Friday.


“We’re getting into better shape and improving, but we’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “We want to keep improving in our upcoming games. Our young girls need to get better and our older girls need to keep doing their jobs.”


Green is hoping her team will be more attentive on both ends of the floor.


“In our region games, we need to play defense and execute our offense better,” she said.


For Fox Creek, playing more games will help them improve, according to Brady.


“The more we play, the better we get. Without a gym, thankfully we have some churches that help us out with practice room, we’re still limited on what we can do,” he said. “Getting out and playing and getting experience for our girls is helping us a lot. We’ve got a lot of injuries right now, and we’re low on numbers. We’re working on getting them back.”


Fox Creek will next be in action on Friday against Wagener-Salley at 6 p.m.


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