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The seventh grade Lady Braves’ basketball team had high expectations heading into this season after finishing last season 12-5 with a second place finish in their conference tournament.
Some of their goals heading into the season were to win at least 80 percent of their games and to have fun. Through 16 games, they are well on their way to achieving their goals with a 13-3 record.
The season started off well with five straight victories over Williamstown, Summit View, Woodland, Beechwood and Turkeyfoot. After stumbling against a good Twenhofel team, the Lady Braves reeled off four more victories.
Although coach Michael Camacho believes his team had plenty of depth with a strong bench, he highlights three players’ performance this season.
“Hannah Kitchens has done an outstanding job making the transition of thinking of scoring first to passing first,” he said. “This has allowed her to help her teammates on the floor. Macy Wright is a valuable player who has the ability to make others better around her. She is not selfish and she is able to pass, dribble and shoot the ball well along with some solid rebounding. Karlan McCoy has also improved much this season from last season. Her height is something that cannot be taught and she is learning to use it to her advantage.”
The eighth grade Lady Braves’ basketball team also had high expectations coming off a 13-8 season last year. They ended last season with a tough loss in the conference tournament and they wanted to come back this season to prove they were better.
With a 10-4 record to start their season, the Lady Braves have done that.
The season did not get started how the team would have liked for it to as they lost 36-35 in a heartbreaker to Summit View to start their season. However, the team bounced back nicely. They beat Woodland by 13 points and a close two-point win at Turkeyfoot.
Recently, they rode a seven-game winning streak, defeating IHM and St. Pius, who had a combined record of 32-4.
“Those wins were huge,” Camacho said. “There are several teams in our conference that saw us win those games and that caused them to take note of us.”
Camacho believes this eighth grade group has something special going with their chemistry.
“On any given night, we have four to five players that can step up and be our leading scorer,” he said. “Several players that come off of the bench know their roles well and they can give us a real spark. The starting five are interchangeable in their positions, which can make us tough to guard. Every player is valuable to the team effort and missing any of them makes it a challenge for us. This group is fun to coach because of that unique chemistry.”
(Submitted by Michael Camacho)