’Jacket teams poised for more success
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
With hard work, determination and good athletes comes success — and that translates well for both the Greenfield basketball programs.
The girls’ and boys’ teams at Greenfield have done very well for themselves over the past two seasons, and there is reason to believe both teams will continue to see success this season.
The Lady Yellowjackets have gone 36-19 the last two years, while the Yellowjackets have a 33-24 record over that same time frame. With the right mix and chemistry, both teams should be contenders once again in District 14A.
The Lady ’Jackets lost four seniors from last season’s 17-10 team. Gone are Haley Rawls, Abbey McDaniel, Shamiella McMullen and Andrea Smith. All four played important roles for a team that made it to the district quarterfinals.
This year’s version of the Lady ’Jackets has Rachel Roberts and Emily Allen as the only seniors. They will be accompanied by four juniors and six sophomores. One thing that stands out about this team is there are no freshmen on it.
Head coach Willie Trevathan is not set on any starters yet for the team, and that is just fine with him. With this team, he believes each player brings different strengths, and he is planning on using each player’s strength to make the Lady Yellowjackets a better team.
“We have several kids who bring different strengths to the table, and we are planning to use that several ways to our advantage,” he said.
Trevathan is expecting to see a lot out junior guard Kalee Kesterson and sophomore forward Brittany Peoples. Both played as starters at some point last season and their experience will be vital this year.
Allen is back as point guard this season after suffering a torn ACL midway through last season. She will be wearing a brace on her repaired right knee to help prevent any more injuries to it. Trevathan said she is fine and her knee is about 95 percent healthy.
“Those three are the ones with the most experience,” the coach said. “Follow them up with Rachel Roberts who started a few games. I do not necessarily have a starting lineup, but we have several kids who I expect to contribute a lot.”
Greenfield does not have a lot of experience other than Kesterson, Peoples, Allen and Roberts. They do, however, have a supporting cast with some playing time. Junior forward McCall Scates, sophomore guard Shaynece Clemons, sophomore center Chasity McMullen, junior guard Ashton Pence and sophomore guard Alle Dees will all see their share of playing time. Trevathan will also be using sophomores Aubrey Riggs, Amy Wright and junior Lauren Rush quite often off the bench.
All of these girls will have to do their part in one of the most competitive districts in Class A girls’ basketball. Trevathan is not sure what will happen this year, but there are two teams he feels are the most experience.
“I do not know what to really expect, but the teams with the most experience are Union City and South Fulton,” Trevathan said. “There will be several good teams this year. Lake County has some experience coming back and Bradford as well.”
One thing is for certain when it comes to District 14A girls’ basketball — whoever wins it will have earned it.
The same can be said for the boys in District 14A. Humboldt, Trenton, Union City and Lake County will present some tough challenges for the Yellowjackets in the 2012-13 season.
“Teams at the bottom last year will be getting better,” head coach Peter Angelos said. “Lake County will not be quite as good because of what they lost, but they are still going to be pretty good. I think Union City will be markedly better and Humboldt will be as good if not better. The league is going to be as good as it has always been.”
With three proven seniors coming off a 16-13 season and making it to the Region 7A semifinals, the ’Jackets are primed and ready for the challenge this season will bring them.
Senior guards Hunter Crouse and Tony Robinson and senior forward Zac Grooms will be counted on to provide the leadership for the team. They had a really good summer and good practices.
“I have three really good seniors who have shown good leadership,” Angelos said.
One thing that stands out about Greenfield this season will be the size of the team, especially his front court.
“We are going to be bigger across the front line this year, which will be nice for rebounding,” Angelos said. “If we can stay healthy, we should be pretty good.”
Returning this season after leaving the team last season to work on his academics is 6-2 sophomore forward Miles Cavitt. He will get an opportunity to compete for a starting spot. Angelos said if he does not start, Cavitt will be one of the first big guys to come off the bench.
Angelos is counting on the increased size of his team to help the defense improve from last year. Fighting for rebounds will be Jeremy Lannom, a 6-1 junior center. Also working under the rim will be 6-2 sophomore center Tyler Hoke.
Helping out on defense from at different junctures of the game will be sophomore guards Scott Stout and Tyler Griffin. Freshmen coming off the bench will be Brett Capps, Colby Shull and Jacob Waggoner.
One thing the ’Jackets prided themselves on last year was creating points from their defense. Angelos expects more of the same from this year’s team.
“We are athletic and we give teams trouble off the glass,” Angelos said. “I expect us to get a lot of offense from our defense this year.”
Both Greenfield teams will open the season at home against cross-county rival Gleason on Nov. 19.
Also included the Yellowjackets’ schedule will be home-and-home match-ups with Weakley County’s other three teams, Gleason, Dresden and Westview, along with 14A foes Lake County, Bradford, Trenton, South Fulton, Halls, Union City and Humboldt. Published in The Messenger 11.8.12