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Lady Monarchs have high expectations

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 12/5/18

The Manning High School varsity girls basketball team is off to a hot start this season, and head coach Darren Mazyck doesn't know why that can't continue for his squad.

"We have high expectations to try to be successful," Mazyck said. …

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Lady Monarchs have high expectations

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The Manning High School varsity girls basketball team is off to a hot start this season, and head coach Darren Mazyck doesn't know why that can't continue for his squad.

"We have high expectations to try to be successful," Mazyck said. "(However), we'll try not to bombard ourselves with something that would stress them (the players) out. (We've had) hard play and intangible things, but we're looking to be more consistent in what we do."

Manning, which is off to a 3-0 start heading into Wednesday's contest against Calhoun County, is looking to build off a solid 2017-18 season. The Lady Monarchs finished 20-6 last season and made the second round of the 3A state playoffs before falling to Dillon.

The only significant loss off of that team was Mahogeny Green. She was the second leading scorer and rebounder on the team.

So far this year Manning has beaten defending 1A state champion and now 2A East Clarendon on the road 35-27, 1A C.E. Murray at home, 69-38, and Scott's Branch on the road, 41-38. Scott's Branch played EC for the 1A lower state title last season and was ranked No. 1 in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association 1A preseason poll.

Mazyck said he doesn't know much about Calhoun County.

"I'm more concerned about what we do." Mazyck said. "If we take care of the ball, we'll be in a good position to win the game."

Senior guard Aryionia Busby is having a big season so far for the Lady Monarchs. She is averaging 13 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 4.3 steals per game. Junior forward Measha Jones, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, is averaging 9.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 5.0 steals, and junior power forward/center Myisha Smiling is averaging 9.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

Senior guard/forward Niyah Brand is only averaging 3.0 points, but she is pulling down 10.3 rebounds to go along with an average of 6.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.7 blocked shots per game.