Clarke Central High School junior varsity girls basketball coach Lawanna Knight shakes the hand of a Cedar Shoals High School JV girls basketball player in the CCHS New Gym on Jan. 20. The CCHS JV girls team lost 20-40. “We need more practice on (handling the ball) but we tried to address that by being proactive instead of reactive,” Knight said. Photo by Owen Donnelly
The Clarke Central High School JV basketball teams played the Cedar Shoals High School JV basketball teams on Jan. 20, resulting in one win and one loss for the Glads.
The Clarke Central High School basketball programs hosted the Cedar Shoals High School basketball program at CCHS New Gym on Jan. 20.
The CCHS JV girls team were the first to play against the CSHS Lady Jaguars. CCHS fell to the Lady Jags 20-40.
“We didn’t play up to our best potential. I’ve seen them play better so I was a little disappointed in that. We just could’ve played better,” CCHS JV girls coach Lawanna Knight said.
Knight plans on addressing the issues that she thinks them to lose the game during upcoming practices.
“It goes back to us turning the ball over and not being able to handle the ball which has been a consistent thing throughout the entire year, so it wasn’t any different today even though it was the cross-town rival I didn’t really think it had an effect on them,” Knight said.
Knight prepared for the game like any other and continues to push her players and make sure they are ready for anything.
“We always go through our pregame routine. We try to set up different offenses different ways to inbound the ball. We knew we were gonna be limited with our guard playing so we tried to address that yesterday in practice just kinda getting everybody used to handling the ball gettin everybody used to handling different things,” Knight said.
Following the girls JV game, the boys JV team took the court. The Gladiators took the lead and beat the Jaguars 53-27.
“We played alright. We just have to get back on defense and push the ball up forward more,” CCHS JV boys basketball player Maricus Estrich said.
Although Estrich thinks his team played well throughout the game, he believes they still have things they need to improve on.
“I thought we slapped up a little bit in the second half because we had a little lead going into the second half but other than that we just need to pick up the pace on offense and defense,” Estrich said.
CCHS students left the New Gym on Saturday with CCHS tied with the CSHS Jaguars.