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New Beginning: Alexander girls’ basketball grows in season’s start
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
December 18, 2013 03:30 PM | 1354 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>Alexander varsity girls’ basketball players, senior Molly Brown, left, and junior Claudia Hester before practice last week.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
Alexander varsity girls’ basketball players, senior Molly Brown, left, and junior Claudia Hester before practice last week.
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After finishing the previous two seasons with 12 wins combined, the Alexander girls’ basketball program has begun this season under a new head coach, Adam Watts, who served the previous seven years as an assistant on the Villa Rica boys’ team staff.

The Cougars’ lone wins through Dec. 16 have come in two victories over New Manchester on Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 but the coaching staff has stayed optimistic throughout.

“The players have done everything I’ve asked,” Watts said. “Things are new to them, especially the set offenses. We’re learning how to press, take care of the ball and finish around the basket. They play hard from the beginning of the game to the end and we’re coming together as a team.”

Senior Molly Brown has developed into one of the top players in Douglas County, averaging 13.8 points per contest along with 10.3 rebounds.

“Molly is a leader on and off the court,” Watts said. “She’s vocal and has strong character.”

Brown said she has seen improvement within the squad during this season.

“We’ve had to learn new things on offense and defense but the overall system has helped with the pace of our game and the team is adjusting well,” she said, in reference to the Cougars’ 53.3 points per game scoring average, an increase of more than 10 points from last year’s mark.

Junior Claudia Hester’s 11.2 points per game average is second on the team and part of a class of multiple-sport athletes including Brooke Nail and Imari Montalvo, whose 6.8 rebounds per contest are second on the team.

Hester said, “We work together as a team and we’ve grown so much under coach Watts. He holds us accountable in practice and during games which makes a big difference.”

Alexander returns to action in the Middle Georgia Christmas Classic on Friday against Rutland in Macon. The next home game is Dec. 31 versus Chapel Hill.

“I want us to have a sense that we’re as good as anybody else,” Watts said. “We have to change the perception of the team to the entire community.”



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