Lanett girls dominate in summer games – Valley Times-News
Summer started for the Lanett girls’ basketball team a week ago when they attended Charlie’s Angels Skills Camp hosted by head coach Charlie Williams and former basketball player from UAB Mo Finley.
On Friday, the Panthers competed in the Lady Bobcat Summer Jam Play Date, where they faced Loachapoka, Wadley and Reeltown. After starting slowly in Loachapoka’s game, Lanett dominated the rest of the day, showing why they reached the state semi-final game a year ago.
“They are in competition. They come back with the same fire that we left Birmingham with, ”said Williams. “I’m really happy because that’s what we have to do to win. To win a state championship, you can never lose your edge. You still have to have your edge, I don’t care if you play pickup in the backyard, a 7A school or a 4A school it doesn’t workter. You have to compete. “
Over the past three years, Lanett has taken action as a program, which culminated in a regional championship in February. Part of the reason the Panthers have progressed so quickly over the past few years is player development, especially the rising junior class. Two of the players in particular who have improved their game in recent years are Samahria Davidson and Ameria Zeigler.
“Samahria is the catalyst,” Williams said. “A lot of people don’t see the stuff that Samahria doeses. She puts up the defense, she does all the dirty work and a lot of kids don’t like to do that. Every successful team has a kid who enjoys doing the dirty work, and that’s Samahria. I was very impressed with her. I just want America to take steps and run with the ball. I want to be able to sit down, talk less, and encourage more. I want it to be his ball club this year.
I was really impressed with Jakiya Little. She was doing pretty well at the end of last season and she seems to be taking it in stride now. I was really impressed with her.
Lanett to host a playdate next week, playing against Beulah and Carroll Ozark High School on Friday.
Lanett girls dominate summer games