Thursday, December 19, 2013
The injury bug is hitting the Fox Creek High School girls basketball team hard in the early going.
The Predators (1-6, 0-1 Region 4-A) are dealing with a number of injuries. Last week it was one of their seniors, Domonique Moore, who was out sick. This week it was Taylor Sheppard, another senior, who is hobbled with an ankle injury, and Constance Mays, who was tabbed as a player to see significant minutes in the preseason.
Head coach Richard Brady said that Moore had a “really good game” on Saturday at Westminster, scoring 17 points. Keiana Green had a strong showing against Wagener-Salley, also scoring 17 points. The game on Friday against Wagener-Salley was a 46-30 loss and the game on Saturday against Westminster was a 57-29 loss.
“Right now our older girls, Keiana, Domonique and Taylor are playing well and our younger girls are coming around,” Brady said. “Some nights, I feel like we’re getting better, and some nights we’re struggling. I think that’s what happens with a young team sometimes. You kind of have peaks and valleys, and when things don’t go well, you kind of get down and it snowballs on you. We’re working hard right now and fighting through the injuries.”
The next game for the Predators will be a region matchup that was to have happened on Tuesday night at North. After that, and not soon enough, Fox Creek will enjoy a long break with the holiday and not play again until after Christmas.
“The season is starting off a little rocky. With eight girls and two being semi-injured – it’s hurting us,” Sheppard said. “We plan to turn the season around and start winning. As seniors, Domonique, Keiana and I are going to continue to be leaders and fight to make playoffs. I plan on pushing myself despite my injury and continue to push and motivate my team.”
Brady said that though the break is welcomed from an injury perspective, it may also set back some of the chemistry that the team has created.
“I have several girls going out of town, and that’s one of two times when I go to my wife’s family in Virginia,” Brady said. “We have two non-region games as soon as we get back, so hopefully we can get our legs back under us a bit. One thing that hurts us is conditioning. Not having a home gym and having to use a local gym, though we’re thankful to have them, the gyms we have and having to go there sometimes we don’t get as much practice time in as we need.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star. He graduated from Alvernia University in 2010 and is currently a graduate student at Drexel University. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.