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Lady Lions rebound after slow start
by Marcel Pourtout
December 11, 2013 11:23 AM | 1506 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Lithia Springs’ sophomore Arit Asanga takes the ball down the court during practice last Thursday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Lithia Springs’ sophomore Arit Asanga takes the ball down the court during practice last Thursday.
After losing six seniors from a squad that won 20 games last season and went to the Class AAAAA playoffs, the growing pains of this year’s Lithia Springs girls’ basketball team were evident with losses in its first two games to Douglas County and Hughes. However, the Lady Lions have turned their fortunes around, winning their next four games through Dec. 7, including region victories over North Paulding and Woodland (Bartow).

“Every player on this year’s roster is filling new roles in the varsity program,” head coach David Mills said. “We’ll play 10 or 11 players every night. “We’ve made young mistakes but have shown a strong ability to compete on every possession and refuse to get discouraged as the games’ momentum swings occur.”

Senior Dannyel Richardson has been the Lions’ leading scorer this season with junior Chyon Leslie ranking as the top rebounder for the squad.

“Dannyel and Chyon have been reliable on both ends of the floor and provided stability for our younger players,” Mills said.

The rest of the major players in the Tigers’ rotation include sophomores Arit Asanga, Saundra Manyitabot and T’era Fullove along with freshman Kiana Johnson.

“Kiana has given us an offensive lift and the sophomores have also logged important minutes for us this season,” Mills said.

The experience levels of the past two Lithia Springs’ teams may differ but one aspect has stayed consistent. After giving up an average of 75 points in their first two losses, the Tigers have allowed opponents to score only 40.5 points per contest the last four games.

“Our team will defend all 80 feet on the court for four quarters,” Mills said.

“We have a long way to go to be considered a threat but given the work ethic of this young and inexperienced group, we will figure it out in time.”

The Lions will return to action on Friday at East Paulding.

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