Thursday, January 30, 2014
For head coach Richard Brady, the rest of the season is simply about pride.
His Predators (2-13, 1-5 Region 4-A) suffered two region losses this week. The first came at the hands of Williston-Elko last Tuesday night, which won their matchup 52-32. The second came against Wagener-Salley this past Friday, 49-34. Senior Dominique Moore played well in both games, scoring 19 and 21 points respectively, and her classmate Keiana Green also contributed 13 in the loss to the Blue Devils.
With so few players coming into the year and having lost a starter last week, the Predators have been unable to catch their stride. The team has leaned heavily on Moore, Green and another senior, Taylor Sheppard, to do the heavy lifting, but it just hasn’t panned out.
“I think part of it is depth issues and also not having a consistent place to practice to get our conditioning in,” Brady said. “When we do practice we are limited on our time because some are doing other things. I think that’s part of the issue. I think the other part is that our more experienced girls have to play so hard because we are short-handed on certain things that people get winded sometimes. Also, I think it’s that we are in games and then the other team gets up eight or nine and we switch to a man-to-man defense, we use to play a lot of man, but with our numbers we don’t play as much and then the opponents takes advantage and stretches it out from there.”
Brady said that before the Wagener-Salley game that he and the team talked about playing hard for the seniors that only have a few games left. He said that he had “a good group of girls” and that if the team was going to quit they would have done so before now.
“I can’t complain about the effort I get from them,” he said. “They give a pretty good effort every night. We’ve been a little bit injury-bitten, we’ve had low numbers and those have caused us to struggle a little bit. All told they have given everything that they can.”
Coming up the team will have two more region matchups. The first will be at Sweetwater Baptist Church against North on what was to have happened on Tuesday night. The second will be on Friday at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.
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.