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What do first impressions mean?

Posted: December 1, 2013 - 1:04am  |  Updated: December 4, 2013 - 2:43am

I hope everybody had a happy Thanksgiving and batteries are recharged as we head into a few more weeks of play before the Christmas break.

Before Thanksgiving, Evans High School senior guard Jasmine Stone reached a career milestone as she scored 21 points and went over 1,000 points for her career in a 63-50 loss to Laney. She burst onto the scene last year, scoring over half that total while averaging 19.3 points per game.

“A lot of high school players want to do that, so being a point guard, a shooting guard, it’s just something I was really proud of,” Stone said.

Head coach Ryan Morningstar and the rest of the Evans community will honor Stone before a game after students return from Thanksgiving.

Heading forward in the basketball season, it will be more out-of-region play and tournaments on the schedule as they work on getting the kinks out in the first part of the season before heading into sub-region play.

In Region 2A-AAAAA girls basketball in 2012-13, it basically boiled down to Evans and Greenbrier battling it out for county supremacy. They should still be at the top of the heap, but Grovetown’s girls are a year more experienced and look like they have the athletes to contend for a sub-region crown. Lakeside is a bit young with just one senior, so while they may figure into the mix, it may be a year too soon for them to reach the upper echelon.

Of course this is having watched them all play one game – Grovetown two – so by the time the regular season ends in early February 2014, I could be completely off base. Just going off first impressions.

I’ve seen even less of the boys teams, but from what I saw from Evans, what they lost in bulk they’re making up for with speed. Against Rockdale County, the Knights started slow then blew their doors off. They are athletic enough to pester opposing big men on the boards and if their multiple 3-point shooters get hot, they can turn the lights out in a hurry.

In wrestling, Grove­town won the recent Columbia County Wrestling Championships and first-coaches Nathan White and Jeremy Davis seem to have the Warriors on the right track.

In swimming, with the depth I saw out of the Evans boys, it’s hard to fathom anyone beating them this year, but we’ll see what Lakeside and Greenbrier can do.

Grovetown won’t have a swimming program due to lack of participation, but the word is they want to bring it back next year if there is enough interest.

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