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Lady Patriots open with four straight wins
by Marcel Pourtout
December 11, 2013 11:33 AM | 1443 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>Paulding County varsity basketball players, from left, Keisha Shy and Kim Person, at practice last Tuesday.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
Paulding County varsity basketball players, from left, Keisha Shy and Kim Person, at practice last Tuesday.
Coming off of a 20-win season last season that included 13 region victories and an appearance in the playoffs, the Paulding County girls’ basketball team has continued its strong play, opening this season’s campaign with four consecutive wins by an average margin of 19 points.

“We lost some big parts to our team last season but the girls have continued to work hard this season,” said Byron Scott, in his third year with the program and his first as head coach. “Discipline has been brought to the program and that has put us in good position.”

Senior Keisha Shy has developed into one of the top players in the state, averaging nearly 23 points per contest. She posted 35 points in the Patriots’ season-opening victory over Villa Rica on Nov. 25 and scored 34 points along with grabbing eight steals against New Manchester on Dec. 6.

“Keisha has played well for us and continues to get better,” Scott said.

Junior Kim Person, averaging 12 points along with team-highs in rebounds (5.0) and assists (6.0), has also been a catalyst for Paulding County “Kim has been a key player and leader for us,” the coach said.

The offense, which averages a Region 5-AAAAA high 63 points per contest, has four players averaging double figures in points per contest. Leslie Whiddon and Brooke Whitaker are the other two Patriots with this distinction.

“We stress moving the ball on offense and I tell the players to be aggressive on that end of the court,” Scott said.

Person said, “The offense fits our strengths because all of us can score and it works out

Shy said, “We’re working together and no one is trying to be selfish. Our coaching staff has gotten us to this point and we’ve begun to not have a losers’ mentality as a team.”

Paulding returns to play Friday at home against Hiram.

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