CLOVER — The Clover High School girls’ basketball team’s busiest week of the offseason is proving to be productive.
The Lady Blue Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson High and North Gaston on Monday in the first day of the annual York Shootout at York Comprehensive High School.
The CHS girls’ June basketball agenda continues with participation in the Presbyterian College Basketball Camp later in the week.
“Participation in the York Shootout and the PC Basketball Camp will help us prepare for the coming season,” said assistant coach Shakkia Walker.
“We are a young team, with only three seniors,” she said. “Next year we will have no seniors. Kids will have to step up and become leaders.”
Walker said the key to success is to rebound and play defense.
The Lady Blue Eagles turned up the intensity level in a double-digit win over North Gaston and an 8-point win over Andrew Jackson.
Lilly Wallace made her presence felt with consecutive baskets in the low post in the early moments of the second quarter of the North Gaston game.
Renee Carter extended the lead with a pair of second-quarter baskets.
“I have confidence in my shot,” said Carter, a vital part of the CHS program since the seventh grade.
Carter said competing at the varsity level requires an adjustment to the flow of the game. “Varsity is a faster pace than JV participation,” she said.
Clover’s Taylor Morneault scored on an aggressive move to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Andrew Jackson game.
Morneault talked about the commitment it takes to be successful. “You have to give 110 percent every time you take the court,” she said.
She added: “We have to play together as a team to continue our success.”
Sydney Sanders, a senior standout and fifth-year Lady Blue Eagle participant, was a prime contributor to the team last season.
Coaches expect more of the same this season as Sanders assumes a leadership role in the offseason.
Sanders shared her thoughts about the coming season.
“Our guards are young,” said Sanders. “They are good players and will continue to develop their game.
“Defense and communicating on the court in an aggressive style of play will determine how successful we can be,” she said.
Walker said she was pleased with the team’s performance level in another year of participation in the York Shootout.
“This has been a good experience for the players,” Walker said.