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County looks strong in girls basketball

Posted: February 23, 2014 - 12:06am  |  Updated: February 26, 2014 - 2:16am

No matter what happens in the state playoffs, it’s been a great year for girls basketball in the county’s public schools.

Greenbrier’s Lady Wolfpack won their first region title since 2007, beating Grovetown in the all-county Region 2-AAAAA final on Tuesday.

While the postseason is just getting started and next year is a long way off, it isn’t far-fetched to think that the same two teams might be the class of the region again in 2015.

In the region final, the Lady Wolfpack, 22-6 heading into the state tournament, started three juniors; Jennifer McMahan, Mallory Myers and Morgan Taylor, along with freshmen Destiny Marshall and Sydney Grayden.

Myers has a quick first step at point guard and has a developing outside shot to compliment her driving ability. McMahan is the team’s 3-point specialist and Taylor plays guard with the attitude of a forward, her previous position entering this season.

Both McMahan and Taylor topped the 1,000-point mark for their careers; Taylor during the regular season and McMahan in the region final.

The left-handed Marshall started with 12 points against Jones County in the opener, scored 19 against Evans in the semifinals and finished with 17 against Grovetown.

Lady Wolfpack coach Stefanie Basinger thinks Marshall has the potential to be something really special before her time at Greenbrier is done.

With the offensive firepower around her, it frees up Grayden to be an imposing force inside, and she came through with three blocked shots against Grovetown.

The Lady Wolfpack have plenty of talent waiting in the wings as they won the county JV championship as well.

Coach Jaime Echols and the Lady Warriors (20-7) lose just one senior in guard Alayah Canteen.

Sophomore Kwajelin Farrar and sophomore Naomi Hughes are game-changers inside; junior Rahsanna Porter is tough at point guard; and junior Leah Ferguson is a forward who has the outside touch of a shooting guard.

The Evans girls didn’t have the depth of Greenbrier and Grovetown and it showed at the region tournament, but the Lady Knights entered the state tournament with a 17-9 mark, already a good season.

They traveled to Riverdale, Ga., to take on 23-3 Drew High on Friday, and no matter the outcome their season shouldn’t be labeled anything other than a success.

I don’t envy the coaches who will vote for the all-region team. There’s lots of talent at multiple positions.

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