Thursday, February 13, 2014
Say this about the Fox Creek girls basketball team: they aren’t throwing in the white towel.
Despite the record (2-17, 1-9 Region 4-A) the Predators played hard on senior night. Keiana Green, Dominique Moore and Taylor Sheppard, the three seniors of the squad, scrapped for a win against North. However, the Eagles proved to be too much to handle and took home a 34-20 win.
Last week the Predators also lost against region powerhouse Ridge Spring-Monetta (45-16) and in a non-region contest against Cardinal Newman (60-21). Head coach Richard Brady said that even though his squad is having a rough season he was proud of his girls for sticking it out.
“So many people, when you only have six or seven girls, and things aren’t going well, give up and walk away,” he said. “They stayed with it and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They could have walked away and said ‘Oh, I’m not going to do that.’ They have a lot of character and pride. Even though it has been tough win-loss wise, I’m proud for who they are as people.”
Green said following the game against North that her team played solid defense.
“Our shots weren’t falling at first, but we got right back at it,” she said. “We closed the gap somewhat. We had fun tonight and we played great.”
Green said that she, along with Moore and Sheppard, promised not to give up on the team.
“I kept on pushing myself because I’m a leader on the team,” she said. “ ... I’m still here with my two seniors.”
Green and Moore have both been with Brady since he took over the girls basketball team three years ago. Sheppard came in the next year.
“They’re great girls and they work hard,” he said. “There’s a combination of things that happened to make it a tough year in a lot of ways. I won’t take anything away from them, though, they worked hard and did everything I asked them to do.”
The Predators were slated to finish the year with a game at Blackville-Hilda on Tuesday and the regular season finale at Williston-Elko on Thursday. However, inclement weather postponed the former and a make-up date was not available at press time.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star.