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Until the shots start to fall, Lady Lions will focus on defense

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Members of the Halifax County Middle School girls basketball team are, from left, first row, JeriLynn Tyler, Lauryn Easley, Tamiara Logan, Akiah Clauden, Jalisa Brooks and Deaundra Jeffress. Second row, Casey Pulliam, Tiara Martin, Aliyah Chandler, Gracie Lankford, Dezheona Mitchell and manager Amaya Mitchell. Back row, assistant coach LaToyna Sadler, manager Chinaiya Owen, Nicole Gillard, Brittany Clark, Sierra Nunn, Ayshia Williams and head coach James Smith.
SoVaNow.com / November 13, 2013
The Halifax County Middle School girls basketball team has only two starters back, but the squad should be strong defensively.

Coach James Smith said he has two returnees who started, Brittany Clark and Sierra Nunn, both three year performers. Defensively, the Lion girls should be strong.

Smith likely has some teaching ahead on the offensive side.

“We’re going to have to scramble to get some points on the board. But after the middle of the year, we’ll be a pretty good ballclub,” Smith said.

He has some young players who should develop. Smith has seven players returning, and four of those saw considerable time.

HCMS swings into action today as part of a doubleheader with Lion boys’ hoops. The Lion teams open with non-conference action against Bonner Middle School, followed by the Southside Middle School conference opener at Park View Middle.

Nunn will anchor the defense, and she is making improvement on the offensive side as well.

Smith is pointing towards steady improvement, with the idea that this team will peak around tournament time.

Smith will use man-to-man defense in selected situations, with an idea of denying the basketball and applying full-court pressure. The Lions will also use a 1-2-2 and a 1-3-1 zone trap as well. He has about nine players to use.

“We’re going to get up and down the floor, because we really don’t have an inside game,” said Smith.

HCMS has had tremendous success under Smith, and finished 14-3 last season, with all three losses coming to Russell.



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