DEA boys’ basketball scrimmage to prepare for season
by Emanuel County Live | November 26, 2004 12:00 am
By ANDY CALLAWAY
By ANDY CALLAWAY
David Emanuel Academy completed final preparations for the beginning of the 2004-05 basketball season by splitting into two squads and playing a scrimmage contest last Thursday night at the DEA gym.
“This was an opportunity to provide some playing time in a game like situation for all of our varsity and B-team players’ explained boy’s head coach Walker McLendon who led the White team in it’s 50-49 win over the Red team.
Senior Spencer Lanier tossed in 12 points, all in the first half, for the White team. Other players that scored for the White team were Adam Callaway with 11, Joseph Sparks with nine, Michael Thigpen with eight, Carl Glover with five, Michael Wedincamp and Jason Cochran with two each and Justin Smith with one. Casey Clark led all scorers with 16 while playing on the Red team. Also scoring in the game for the Red team were Greg Glover with eight, Kyle Hadden with seven, Corey McNeely with six, Frank Wimberly with four, Jansen Clark and Jamey Watson with three each an Matt Mathis with two points.
McLendon, while pleased with the overall effort, says that his team still has many improvements that need to be made. “We need to work harder on the defensive end and we also have to get better at shooting free throws” For the game the two teams shot a cumulative 14 of 35 from the line.
Like the boy’s game, the girl’s contest was close as well with the White team, led by head coach Brian Daughtry, coming away with a 30-27 win.
In his debut as a coach at DEA, Daughtry saw some good things on the floor. “I think that we showed that we have a lot of depth with some aggressive players that are willing to learn. This team has a world of potential and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to develop them”
Taking over a program that has had very little success in recent years and getting the players to believe that they can win may be Daughtry’s biggest challenge. “We need to build the confidence of our players so that they are able to execute as I know that they are capable of” Daughtry said.
Sophomore Macy Fagler led all scorers with 20 points while pulling nine rebounds and recording five steals for the White girl’s team. Amanda Cardell and Natalie Olliff each finished with three points and Leah Lanier and Casey Claxton both added two points for the White team. Junior Kayla Cody scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Red squad. Sara Cuillierrierr tossed in nine, Emily Redding netted four and Haley Johnson scored two to round out the Red team scoring.
DEA officially opened the 2004-05 season at John Hancock Academy in Sparta on Monday night. The Eagles and Lady Eagles will travel to Statesboro to face arch rival Bulloch Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 30.