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Lithia Springs boys’ basketball recovers from slow start
by Marcel Pourtout
December 18, 2013 03:24 PM | 2152 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>Lithia Springs varsity boys’ basketball players, from left, Qunta Bedford, Myles Howard and Tylen Walker before practice last Thursday.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
Lithia Springs varsity boys’ basketball players, from left, Qunta Bedford, Myles Howard and Tylen Walker before practice last Thursday.
Coming into this season, the Lithia Springs boys’ basketball team has become one of the most consistently successful Douglas programs, averaging more than 17 wins over the past three seasons including a region championship in 2012 and 19 victories last season.

However, the Lions have struggled to stay healthy this campaign with three players suffering season-ending knee injuries and dropping six consecutive contests to begin the season.

With consecutive wins over Woodland and East Paulding though Dec. 13, the Lions have renewed optimism before beginning sub-region play against Villa Rica on Jan. 3.

“We’re doing well,” head coach J.W. Cantrell said, in his ninth season with the program and the third as head coach.

“The team has struggled early but we can get back in the race for a region championship.”

The Lions’ push towards a title has been bolstered by senior guard Myles Howard, who has been on the varsity team for his entire career and is a three-year starter. His 20 points scored per contest lead the team.

“Myles is a great scorer who knows what to expect on the court and is a competitor,” Cantrell said.

Junior guard Tylen Walker has also played on the Lions’ varsity team since freshman year and gives Lithia Springs a viable second option on offense.

“Tylen has started to turn it on and had 17 points against Woodland,” Cantrell said. “Once he gets going, we’re going to get in a groove and be OK overall.”

Junior Qunta Bedford’s physical presence in the post along with grabbing eight rebounds a game also have helped the Lions return to winning ways.

“We only have one senior on the team and the players didn’t know the system at the beginning of the year,” Cantrell said.

“We’ve gone back to basics the past two weeks and starting to figure it out a little more.”

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