Thursday, January 16, 2014
For the Fox Creek girls basketball team, Monday was more than just a win. It was a major boost in confidence and could prove to be a turning point for their season.
The Predators (2-10, 1-2 Region 4-A) picked up a region win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 46-42, at Sweetwater Baptist Church. Dominique Moore was sensational in the win, piling up 34 points.
“I just know that I came out and gave it my all, I mean I always give my all because I’m a senior, but it feels good to win,” she said. “I feel like my team came together and we played as a team. Even though we’re real small, I feel like we played well as a team tonight.”
The Predators were boosted by a big third quarter, which saw them erase the one-point deficit at the half and stake themselves to a 35-26 lead heading into the fourth. In the final frame Moore scored nine of her points and Keiana Green also had two.
“We’ve been struggling a lot this year, and I was glad to see us hang on and win,” Richard Brady, the team’s head coach, said. “We’re playing with everybody, then all of a sudden something goes bad and we kind of hang our heads. Next thing you know, we’re 12 or 14 down. This is one of the few games we have stayed in there and that third quarter spurt gave us a lead. I’m just proud of the girls for hanging in there and getting it done.”
Brady said his team has played some “pretty good basketball” at times throughout the year, and at other times the team has “looked lost.” However, the glimpses of potential show that though this team is young, it still may have a chance to make some noise in the region.
“Our region is fairly close,” he said. “Hopefully we can make a turn and make a run at some games.”
Last Friday the team was unable to beat Ridge Spring-Monetta on the road, and lost 44-33.
Coming up the team will have a match on Friday against Blackville-Hilda at Sweetwater Baptist Church. The team will also face Williston-Elko on Tuesday before the region schedule starts anew. Both games will have 6 p.m. tip-offs.
“We’ve stressed just playing ball and not worrying about what the score is,” Brady said. “I think sometimes when people make runs we kind of forget about playing every play. You can’t catch up in one play, and hopefully it will accumulate into a good practice tomorrow and then a couple of good practices this week before Blackville.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.