Predators hustle, scrap for coach
It has been a tough season for the Fox Creek girls basketball team.
The Predators (2-14, 1-6 Region 4-A) have had misfortune seemingly all season yet continue to hustle for head coach Richard Brady.
“Between low numbers and some people being out, we’ve played really well,” he said. “When you’ve got six girls, come the fourth quarter, it starts taking a toll on us. That’s where we’re at, we play well, then we lose some momentum toward the end. They’re playing hard.”
Brady’s team, who fell 49-30 to Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in its only contest last week, has been short-handed all season. The biggest issue facing Fox Creek has been a lack of depth at the guard position, where Keiana Green has had to handle the load.
“Keiana Green is probably our No. 1 ball handler,” Brady said. “The other ones are pretty young. We get a lot of help from Taylor Sheppard; she plays a swing position for us. As long as she’s in the game, we seem to do well. Those two are big for our guard play. They play just about the entire game, so when they get tired, we really struggle.”
In the post for the Predators, the consistent presence has been from Dominique Moore, who has had some big scoring games for Fox Creek.
“Dominique has been good for us all year,” Brady said. “We’ve had some good minutes from a lot of the other (post players). Savannah Eubanks is a freshman, and she keeps getting better for us. She’s improved every game for us.”
Fox Creek is scheduled to play Ridge Spring-Monetta on Tuesday, an opponent Brady knows well.
“Ridge Spring is quick and fundamentally sound, like they always are,” he said. “They do what they’ve always done. We’ll just have to play well, and we’ll have to see what happens.”
After the clash with the Trojans, Fox Creek will play Cardinal Newman, a private school in Columbia, on the road.
“We don’t know anything about Cardinal Newman; we’ve never played them,” Brady said. “That will be interesting for us; we just want to play as well as we can.”
The Predators will play host to Ridge Spring-Monetta in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday at Sweetwater Baptist Church.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.