2012-03-01 / Sports

Coaches give recap of basketball season


Members of the LCHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team are (front row, l-r) Joel Dukes, Denzel Gunby, Jonathan Partlow, (middle row) Sherrod Jones, Jalen Franklin, Mason Saggus, Dekemus Zellars, Jamar Norman, (back row) Coach Terry Stephens, Jetavius Marshall, Jalen Wade, Chase Lawson, Charles Folger, Zireycus Letman, Ben Woods, and Coach Cordarryl Coppin. Members of the LCHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team are (front row, l-r) Joel Dukes, Denzel Gunby, Jonathan Partlow, (middle row) Sherrod Jones, Jalen Franklin, Mason Saggus, Dekemus Zellars, Jamar Norman, (back row) Coach Terry Stephens, Jetavius Marshall, Jalen Wade, Chase Lawson, Charles Folger, Zireycus Letman, Ben Woods, and Coach Cordarryl Coppin. The LCHS Boys Basketball Team recently completed its second season under Coach Terry Stephens with an overall record of 13-12.

In fact, the team qualified for the state tournament for the first time in seven years.

The Red Devils finished region play with a 7-3 mark, resulting in a second-place finish in sub-region play.

The boys’ season came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs, when they lost to Hebron Christian, a private school out of Gwinnett County.

According to Coach Stephens, he is very enthusiastic about the future of Lincoln County Basketball. “We have a lot of good, young players up and coming through our program. I look forward to their development and continued hard work.”


The LCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team is comprised of (front row, l-r) Dasha Bussey, Hannah Shelton, Deandrea Wilkinson, (middle row) Qudaija Miller, Deanne Hearst, Dominique Haynes, Ivie Aycock, Shabrekia Smith, Tynecia Garnett, (back row) Coach Pam Norman, Coach Christie Mattison, Colbi Murray, Lisette Archer-Barber, Alia Hawes, Kristin James, Bethany Beggs, Tapeka Arnett, Amanda Sims, Coach Yolanda Jackson, and Coach Brent Skelley. The LCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team is comprised of (front row, l-r) Dasha Bussey, Hannah Shelton, Deandrea Wilkinson, (middle row) Qudaija Miller, Deanne Hearst, Dominique Haynes, Ivie Aycock, Shabrekia Smith, Tynecia Garnett, (back row) Coach Pam Norman, Coach Christie Mattison, Colbi Murray, Lisette Archer-Barber, Alia Hawes, Kristin James, Bethany Beggs, Tapeka Arnett, Amanda Sims, Coach Yolanda Jackson, and Coach Brent Skelley. The coach was assisted by firstyear coach Cordarryl Coppin. “Coach Coppin stepped in and did an outstanding job with the JV program,” said Stephens. “His keen eye and knowledge of basketball really helped me on the varsity level as well.”

A graduate of LCHS, Coppin lettered in basketball and football.

Looking toward the future, Coach Stephens indicated that the 2012-2013 team will welcome the return of three of the top five scorers. Jalen Franklin, 11.2 points; Zireycus Letman, 10.6 points, and Jamar Norman, 5.2 points, are set to lead a group of young but tal- ented players next year.

The statistical leaders for the 2011-2012 season are as follows:

Leading Scorer – Jalen Franklin, junior, 11.2 points per game.

Leading Rebounder – Jetavius Marshall, senior, 7 per game.

Leader in Assists – Denzel Gunby, senior, 6.8 per game.

Leader in Blocks – Charles Folger, senior, 2 per game.

Leader in Steals – Denzel Gunby, 2.9 per game.

As for the Lady Devils, they finished the season fourth in subregion play, qualifying them for a berth at the region playoffs.

The team sealed its fourth-place standing with two big wins at the end of the season, defeating Taliaferro County, 58-48, and Glascock County, 77-47.

On Tuesday, February 14, the Lady Devils faced Hancock County in the region playoffs in Washington Wilkes and fell short 49-36.

In her remarks, Coach Christie Mattison noted that she is very optimistic about the team and the future of the program. “These young ladies have really turned this program around. I am extremely proud of their efforts and what they have accomplished this year. Both the varsity and the JV have worked very hard.

“Although we have three seniors graduating, we have many young players returning and coming up, who will continue to build on what has been achieved this year.”

Coach Mattison went on to extend her gratitude to her assistants for all of their hard work this year. They are Pam Norman, assistant varsity coach; Yolanda Jackson, head JV coach and varsity assistant; and Brent Skelley, JV and varsity assistant.

“These coaches have done a fantastic job,” stated Mattison. “I am so blessed to have them working with the varsity and JV programs.”

In further comments, the coach pointed out that the leading scorer and rebounder this year was Bethany Beggs. She averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game.

“Bethany will be greatly missed next year,” Coach Mattison said.

Other players who performed exceptionally well this season were Dominique Haynes, second leading scorer and rebounder, with 11 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, and Dasha Bussey, who led in assists with five assists per game. She also averaged 9.1 points per game.

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