Basketball season is starting up at Stephens County High School.
Both the Indian boys and Lady Indian basketball teams started their 2012-2013 seasons Monday in a tournament at Piedmont College.
The Lady Indians are once again coached by Anthony Daniel, who stopped by “Crunchtime” a couple of weeks ago to talk about the upcoming season.
He said the girls’ team is young in some areas and looking to gain experience quickly to compete in Region 8-AAAA.
“Charity Major should be our go-to person this year, junior Whitleigh Swinton is a dynamic player, and we are going to be counting on a freshman, Keocia Walker, to help us a little bit at the point guard position,” said Daniel. “We are going to be young in skilled areas, but the girls have heart. We are working on getting them to the mindset that it is going to be tough, you are going to have to be physical, and you are going to have to take care of the ball, rebound, do the fundamentals, and win basketball games.”
Meanwhile, the Indian boys have a new coach in Chad Bridges, who replaces Milt Travis.
Stephens County Boys’ Assistant Coach Daniel Mayfield, filling in for Bridges on last week’s final “Crunchtime” for the season, said the boys team will look to build off of last year with the help of three key seniors.
“Cody Helgeland is a 6-6 senior who really has improved his quickness, jumping ability, and shooting,” said Mayfield. “We have Fred Smith, who is a very good slasher getting to the basket, and we have probably one of the strongest guys in the region in Kamichi Fleming.”
Both the Indian and Lady Indian basketball teams open their home seasons on Tuesday, November 27 against Rabun County.