Lady Warriors atop 7-AAA amid 11-game win streak, but taking it one possession at a time [VIDEO]
A stellar 11-game win streak has the Lady Warriors at a share atop the region standings, and also at #2 in the latest state polls. That start, which includes going 7-0 in games away from the home court, would make it easy for most teams to get complacent or caught up in the hype. But not White County.
“Our biggest thing is that we just try to win each possession,” says coach Jarvis Davenport. “Winning each possession more often than we don’t, we end up winning games. That’s just a byproduct. The state rankings are great, the recognition is great, but that’s just a product of winning each possession.”
“It’s crazy seeing us from the summer until now,” adds star senior Naomi Roberts, an Emmanuel College commit. “We’ve all put in a lot much work, individually and as a team. Just seeing us be able to piece it all together – I feel like we’re confident now because we know what we can do. But we’re not overly confident to where we’re like ‘oh, we’re going to come in here and win.’ We always are thinking – Coach Davenport always talks about winning that next possession.”
Watching White County play, they girls have a very balanced attack and have a deep bench, making for little to no drop-off when the Lady Warriors cycle in the next group. The standouts include the four senior leaders – Roberts, Maci Shelnut, Claire Beckman, Chandler Weaver – as well as underclassmen Kylie Watkins and Emma Lightsey just to name a handful.
“It’s really nice how everyone is a different piece on this team,” says Watkins. “Everyone gives something. It doesn’t matter what grade you’re in, everyone helps us win. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the court or cheering on the bench.”
The girls are getting it done on both sides of the floor. Offensively, the Lady Warriors average 59.6 points per game, and allow just 38.1. That kind of production is what it takes to compete within the intense Region 7-AAA, which includes ranked teams of White County, Lumpkin County, Wesleyan, Pickens County, and Dawson County.
The Lady Warriors have high expectations – as they should.
“We definitely want to make it to the state playoffs,” says Shelnut. “But I think as a team we want to region so bad. And we’re very capable, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”
White County is 11-1 overall and 3-0 in region play.