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Lady Spartans achieving goals
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
January 10, 2013 09:11 AM | 1301 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Paulding High varsity players, from left, Jordan Bouzard guards Natasha Banks during a scrimmage game.
South Paulding High varsity players, from left, Jordan Bouzard guards Natasha Banks during a scrimmage game.
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Sitting at a 5-7 record before entering the second half of the season, the South Paulding girls’ basketball team is already accomplishing some of their goals for the season.

“Our goals are to win more than three games, get our 50th program win, win the Christmas tournament, get 10 wins and make it to state,” said head coach Kelly Nye-Hinkson.

The first two goals were accomplished in December as they got win No. 4 on Dec. 27 against Rockmart and their 50th win Dec. 15 against North Paulding. As far as the Haralson County Holiday Tournament, they finished second.

“We’re in the right direction. We’re starting to peak and make the noise we need to make. We had some close games that we lost, but we’re building confidence offensively,” Nye-Hinkson said.

Nye-Hinkson said the biggest issues for the team right now include not taking enough shots and not having the right people take the shots.

The top scorers right now are Katie Amritt and Natasha Banks. At 5-foot-5, Amritt is a junior shooting guard averaging 10 points a night while Banks is a 5-foot-7 junior point guard averaging 13 points.

Banks suited up for varsity last season, but did not see much playing time. This is currently Amritt’s second full season on varsity, making her the only real returning varsity player on the team.

Defensively, Nye-Hinkson said her entire team has “just been getting after it.”

“We’ve been able to press teams. Our half court has given other teams problems,” Nye-Hinkson said.

She did name three players as being the most consistent on the defensive end — Amritt, 6-foot-1 senior center Jacklyn Matthews and 5-foot-11 freshman forward Tionna Fant.

As they go into the 2013 part of their schedule, the Lady Spartans don’t have it as hard as other teams since they still have five non-region games on their schedule.

Although they aren’t having a winning season, Nye-Hinkson said she and the staff are proud of the team for how they’re doing right now.

“After only three wins last season and having only one previous varsity player, we’re doing really well. They’re working hard and they’re very coachable,” said Nye-Hinkson.
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