“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.