In with the new, out with the old Whiteside brings new level of play to Lady Cavs Brandon Laass Sports Editor
Foster, senior forward Terrika Foster, senior guard Akeria Shands, junior guard KJ Jones, and senior forward Keke Cooper combined with the fresh energized players such as sophomore guard Khalia Webb, sophomore guard Mykell Sims, sophomore guard Jasmine Rogers, sophomore forward Logan Hollis, junior forward Kenya Olley and junior forward Crystal Samuel,” Whiteside said. The hopes are high as times have changed this season. “Coach Whiteside pushes us harder this season,” junior Kenya Olley said. Whiteside also has high hopes for this season. “I hope that all of the team members will enjoy basketball season and take the
hange is in for the upcoming season for the Lady Cavaliers basketball squad. Coach Valerie Whiteside takes over for Kristy Ray who took the girls coaching job at Hillcrest. The Lady Cavaliers are led by junior Kenya Olley, junior K.J. Jones, senior KeKe Cooper and sophomore Khaila Webb. They hope to perform better than last year after finishing 15-10 and making an early dephoto by Brandon Laass Dorman’s Akeria Shands (23) attempts a shot last season against J.L. Mann. parture in the playoffs thanks Whiteside has brought a to rival Spartan--Coach Valerie Whiteside new level of excitement to DorSchedule burg. man basketball this season. She The Lady CavDec. 16 Byrnes was inducted into the SoCon aliers are thought to be a conDec. 27-30 Upward Classic tender after ranked third in the lessons learned from basket- conference athletic hall of fame Jan. 3 J.L. Mann and is the girls basketball all pre-season poll. “I expect to ball into the classroom and Jan. 6 Mauldin upset some teams and win re- with them throughout their time points leader in the SoCon Jan. 7 @ Spartanburg conference. She tallied 2,944 Jan. 10 Wren gion. We will also be a top con- lives. Jan. 13 @ Hillcrest “I hope that the players will points in her playing career. tender for the state title,” Jan. 17 Boiling Springs Whiteside said. The team continue to be good leaders, She has experience and that Jan. 20 Riverside will help build a young team good friends, good students, brings back two starters and Jan. 24 @ Byrnes 11 lettermen from last year’s and good athletes. I hope that into a contender. Jan. 27 @ J.L. Mann The Lady Cavaliers have a team. “Last year was a stepping with each passing day the team Jan. 31 @ Mauldin stone for future Lady Cavalier will continue to gel together strong team this season and exFeb. 3 @ Wren teams. With each year we and continue to be good role pect to contend for a region Feb. 4 Spartanburg Feb. 7 Hillcrest hope to get better as we gain models for the youth in our and state title. The Cavaliers have some key strengths and Feb. 10 @ Boiling Springs more experience and knowl- community,” Whiteside said. weaknesses. The team has not changed edge of the game,” Whiteside s a i d . much as this group has been “Our strengths are our inside tense style of defense comes This group of players is a mix together for a few seasons. and outside game. We have the weakness of fouls. We will between mostly seniors and That unity can only benefit the strong post players as well as team in the long run. “We need strong guards which will make have to find the balance of sophomores. being able to play such an in“The team has a good com- to work together as a team/sis- us hard to beat. Another tense style of defense without strength is our swarming deters/family,” Senior Keke bination of experienced players fense. Along with such an in- fouling,” Whiteside said. such as senior forward Sha Cooper said.
I expect to upset some teams and win region.