Hoops Preview: Stephens County Lady Indians
Just two seasons removed from an Elite 8 run and regular season region title that represents the best season in school history, Stephens County is looking to take a giant leap from last season’s rebuild that saw one win and learning quick and on the job for several of the girls. With several returning key players, it seems likely that Stephens can make a quick jump to being a factor in 8-AAA.
HEAD COACH: Laura Baker (5th Season)
2021-22 RECORD: 1-25, Region 8-AAA 6th Place
RETURNING STARTERS: 4. SR G My’Angel Carter, SR PG Makiya Knox, SR G Kiara Lopez, SR G Constance Brown, JR P A’Niya Mayweather
KEY DEPARTURES: N/A
KEY PLAYERS: My’Angel Carter (leading scorer & rebounder, All-Region), Makiya Knox, Kiara Lopez, Constance Brown, A’Niya Mayweather, Tytiunna Tukes (JR G), Jaziya Harbin (JR G), Carson Stowe (SO F), Fayeth Iveter (SO G), Maddie McGee (G). “Tukes and Harbin were a key part this summer on offense and defense,” says Baker. We also have some sophomores [Stowe, Ivester, McGee] that will contribute as well.
OFFENSE: Different from last year….a hint from Baker
STRENGTHS: “This summer our quickness and defense was a strength,” adds Baker.
BIGGEST CHALLENGES: “Region, our region will still be strong, we have a new addition in Hebron Christian, the other teams are the same,” says Baker.
Point blank, the Lady Indians will be much more experienced coming into this season. The leadership is in place, and there is a great mix of veteran and young players who will no doubt find more victories this season.
“My expectation is for us to get better everyday, and for us to make it to the state tournament,” states Baker.