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Augusta Prep ready for basketball season

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 2:44am

After recording a scintillating 19-4 record last year before advancing to the state playoffs, the Augusta Prep Cavaliers are eager to start the 2017-2018 campaign.

The Cavs' first game will be Nov. 15 at Fox Creek High School, when they will take on the Predators. Head coach Mike Guthrie said he -as always since he began coaching 14 years ago at Augusta Prep - is preparing his team to play staunch defense.

"We try to play man-to-man defense," he said. "Occasionally depending on the other team, we try to press and steal the ball - take it away from the other team. We try to score off our transition offense as well."

As for goals for this upcoming year, Guthrie said he needs all of his players to return first before setting team objectives. Ryan Jolly, the team's returning leading scorer, is verbally committed to the Navy.

Although the 6-foot-3, 150-pound point guard averaged 24 points last season, Guthrie said the 15th-ranked guard in Georgia is more than just a scorer.

"Ryan is not just a scorer - we've had some players over the years who are just scorers," he said. "Ryan likes to block shots; he plays defense. When our point guard can come down low and block a shot from help side, that's pretty awesome. You want to talk about hustling and diving for balls, that's Ryan Jolly."

The bread and butter, though, is Jolly's offense, and while he dominated on the offensive end of the court just last year, Jolly has admitted that he would like to get better on a certain aspect: shooting.

"I want to get my shot consistent," Jolly said. "I want to be able to knock down jumpers consistently. Making my mid-range shots and three-point shots is what I'm trying to improve on the most."

Still, Jolly's focus is on the team, adding he intends on keeping his teammates involved in an effort to win a region championship for the 2017-2018 campaign.

Getting teammates involved will be important, especially for region foes Westminster, Gatewood, John Milledge and Westfield. A Westminster win, however, will be the icing on the cake.

"Westminster is always good; they are kind of our cross-town rival," Guthrie continued. "Beating them is always the highlight of the year. We split over the years. We are excited about this game too."

Some notable dates include the Garden City Classic, in which the Cavs will play Dominion Christian on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 and the Columbia County Tournament on Dec. 28-30.

 

Lady Cavaliers

The Lady Cavaliers are hoping to win a region championship, too.

Head coach Myron Hunt said after going to the first round of the playoffs the last three years, he has his eyes set on advancing past the first round. The anchor he hopes to lead the team to another successful season is Jamie Holodak, who is the team's point guard and leading scorer the last three years.

Holodak is more than 200 points away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone.

"I'm just hoping that she can stay healthy," Hunt said. "I'm hoping she can put the team on her back and continue to be our leading scorer."

Aside from playing tenacious defense, Hunt said he is aiming for Holodak to lead the team in picking up the pace on offense, using the team's athleticism to outrun other teams.

Right now, Hunt said the team will continue to engage in skill development drills until the first game of the season, which is 5:30 p.m., Nov. 14 at Pinewood Christian.

 

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