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Lady Gamecocks out to prove last year was no fluke

     After successive losses in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs, the Screven County Lady Gamecock basketball team of Jennifer Acree exploded on the basketball scene a year ago, advancing to the Final Four before being ousted by eventual state champion Wesleyan. Can they repeat their success and their 29-3 record?
     “We will have to make up for the loss of three key seniors,” says Acree, “but we will once again be led by a great senior class.  This class has a great opportunity to be the most heralded class ever in class basketball…they might replace last year’s seniors.”
    Seniors Kadedra Evans, Kiki Warren, and Shaneka Lee have been starting since ninth grade.  The other, Ashley Loundy, has started since tenth grade.  Despite the accolades bestowed upon all, the most is reserved for Evans. 
    “Kadedra will carry the bulk of the load as usual and she has a shot at being the school’s all time leading scorer and rebounder,” her coach noted.
    Through her first 85 games Evans has scored 1,027 points while pulling down 731 rebounds.  She became the first junior at Screven County to top the 1,000 point mark. 
    At the top of the heap as she chases the scoring and rebounding records is former East Tennessee State star Jessica Lonon- 1,568 points and 967 rebounds. Evans will not be alone, however. 
    With back-to-back Class AA state high jump championships to her credit, super athlete Shaneka Lee needs to up her point total (3.3 ppg). 
    The team’s third leading rebounder a year ago (101), Lee will be joined beside Evans by Kiki Warren.  Warren, a state track participant in hurdles and relay, was second on the team in rebounds (139).  Junior Leanna Mills, who saw extensive action in the loss to Wesleyan due to a Warren illness, will also be a big part under the boards.
    Loundy (4.8 ppg) will be looked upon to step up considerably to replace point guard Kenyetta O’Neal, now at Columbus State, while sophomore Symphony White (2.8)  is hoping to replace Gabby  Simon, the school record holder for season (64) and career (104) three-pointers.  Junior Angela Hagan will also be a three-point specialist.
    Other veterans include junior utility player Stephanie Scott, one of the top 100- and 200-meter sprinters in Region 3AA, along with sophomores Jasmine Anderson and Jasmine Brinson, and junior Jerminitia Smith.
    After winning the first region championship in girls basketball history, the 2006-07 Lady Gamecocks will have to compete with traditional powers Laney and Josey from Augusta in their new region 3AA if they are to repeat. 
    “We look forward to playing those schools,” said Acree.  “They have been on top for years and we want to be where they are.”

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