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Harvester girls’ basketball makes mark
by Marcel Pourtout
January 22, 2014 11:29 AM | 1680 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Harvester Christian Academy sophomore Markie Dean takes the ball down the court during practice last week.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Harvester Christian Academy sophomore Markie Dean takes the ball down the court during practice last week.
After dropping its season-opener in November, the Harvester Christian Academy girls’ basketball has gone undefeated, winning its last 11 contests and currently sits in first place of the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association Region 2A-East standings.

The Hawks have placed themselves in prime position to have the top seed in the playoffs starting on Feb. 7.

The program has been led for the past three seasons by head coach Jackie Lee who has been with the Harvester program for 17 total seasons, serving as the coach of the middle school team for 14 previous years.

“This year has been going well for us,” Lee said. “Last year we had a young team with the oldest player being a sophomore and finished with a .500 record. This year the girls have grown together and I coached most of them in middle school so it’s been easy moving up with them.”

The Hawks still possess a young roster with a starting lineup consisting of freshmen and sophomores along with one junior, 6-foot-2 post player McKenzie Lee who has averaged 17 points and 20 rebounds per contest for the team.

“McKenzie is a very good post player and a big contributor to our team,” Jackie Lee said.

Sophomore point guard Markie Dean also has scored 15 points a game for Harvester Christian.

“Markie is a huge leader on the court and lifts the spirit of the team,” Jackie Lee said.

Harvester itself has about 70 girls enrolled in the high school, which means many participate in multiple varsity sports, particularly softball for which Jackie Lee also serves as head coach.

McKenzie Lee said, “We’re closer as a team because we all have classes together and a bond that other people don’t have at bigger schools.

Sophomore wing player Megan Blank said, “You can play year-round with the friends you love and always have something to do.”

The Hawks return to action against Community Christian School on Jan. 28.

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