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Bluestone girls gain court time in scrimmages against Franklin, GW scrimmages

SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2018
The Bluestone varsity girls basketball team played two scrimmage games in the past week as they prepare for their season opener against Park View on Nov. 26. The girls played George-Washington (Danville) on Monday night and Franklin the prior Thursday.

Coach Benjamin Sizemore said the scrimmages were a great learning experience for a young team. The team is comprised of one senior, Dakesha Tarry; three juniors, Molly Nunn, KyLeah Walls and Jaterrias Fuller; two sophomores, Keeiya Jones and Felicia Nelson and three freshmen, Kaliyah Hargrove, Tyra Dennis and Jalan Dailey, with the frosh teammates starting at point guard, swing guard and forward.

On having three freshmen on the court in key positions, Sizemore said, “They are the best players I have. And really Makayla Mason (freshman) who plays jayvee could also be playing varsity. That group is that good.”

As for the team’s performance as a whole in the two scrimmages, “We’re young, I saw a lot of youthful errors out there,” Sizemore said. “But I saw a lot of promise too. We’re very aggressive, we’re quick and we don’t mind sticking our noses into it.”

Sizemore said he’s confident as the season progresses the girls will get better as a team. He noted that moving up from the eighth grade and going straight to a varsity program, where you’re starting can be intimidating, but he feels the younger players are responding well.

“It was tough. Franklin was a good team. This [GW] was a better team. So I think it’s kind of hard now for the girls to know how much they have progressed. They’ve had two really good scrimmages against two really tough teams. The pieces are there we just have to work and get some experience. By the time we get to Christmas we’ll be a lot better.”

Sizemore said for right now he’s just concentrating on improving the team’s play and keeping the players healthy. The coach said varsity ball can be very physical and that’s something the younger girls will have to get used to.

“As long as we stay healthy,” Sizemore continued. “The thing about us is right now is those girls, they fight hard, they play hard but they’re a little banged up right now. I think once we get ourselves healthy, once we get ourselves in playing form we’re going to be a lot better.”

Another positive note for the team is Kayla Williamson, a solid block presence from last season will be returning to the team around the Christmas break. Williamson has good size, is quick on her feet and is basketball savvy at the rim where she can play a small center position or at the strong forward position.

“Kayla Williamson is out right now but she should be back by January or the Halifax Tournament. She’s going to make us better,” Sizemore continued. The Halifax tourney is the Christmas Classic that the Barons boys’ and girls’ teams have competed in over the past five years.

The James River District can be a very challenging conference when it comes to basketball. But Sizemore feels the Barons will grow more competitive as they play more games.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Sizemore said. “There’s a lot of promise there and as we get through the season, the girls play more and get more experience you’re going to start seeing a lot of good things from them. I’m looking forward to it.”

Bluestone will host Park View on Nov. 26 and will also have a home game against Colonial Heights that Friday. The Colonial Heights game will be held at Bluestone Middle School due to the high school preparing for a Saturday wrestling tournament that Bluestone will host.





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