BATTLE OF THE FELINES:
The West Gadsden Panther basketball team continues in the 2016-2017 season to do what has worked very well for them in the past, and that is to spread the offensive wealth.
The Panthers had three players in double-figures scoring and defeated East Gadsden last week 63-57 behind Xavier Bush’s 16-point, 8-rebound performance. Mark Bradwell added 12 points and Andrew Reddick 11 points. Bradwell added 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Tallavana Christian’s Lady Lion picked up two wins last week - a 44-11 win over Munroe and a 68-20 win over Wakulla Christian. The dynamic duo of Myeshia David and Laynayah Washington combined to propel the offense the Lion needed for back to back wins. David had 46 points and Washington 30 points in both contests.
PANTHERS OFF TO GREAT START:
The West Gadsden Lady Panthers are off to quite a start under new head coach Bubba Johnson. Johnson, who is the Athletic Director at West Gadsden and hasn’t coached basketball in thirteen years, has his team at 7-2 with a big win last week over East Gadsden. One of his top players is only an 8th grader!
BAKER’S DOZEN EVEN BETTER:
It’s been months since the passing of basketball coaching legend Pat Head Summit, but fortunately her words of wisdom can be found on her website, Patsummitt.org . Below are a list she called “The Definite Dozen” and can apply to coaches and players.
• Respect yourself and others
• Take full responsibility
• Develop and demonstrate loyalty
• Learn to be a great communicator
• Discipline yourself so no one else has to
• Make hard work your passion
• Don’t just work hard, work smart
• Put the team before yourself
• Make winning an attitude
• Be a competitor
• Change is a must
• Handle success like you handle failure.
EXCERPT OF THE WEEK:
The quote of the week is in response to the question presented in an article in an Arizona newspaper. The question was: “Are parents getting too involved in high school sports?” The quote is from University of Mary professor John Tufte, who in his book, “Crazy-Proofing High School Sports,” wrote this: “With sports, that involves so much passion, there are two types: Harmonious passion, the stuff that makes us better, and obsessive passion, the helicopter parents. They’re trying to help the kids but they’re killing them. If they put all of their eggs in one basket, they think it helps the kids. It’s doing the opposite. I tell them they have to get out of their way, get your own hobbies, talk to your kids about other things.”