PREP BASKETBALL

Thomas Sumter girls working to improve each day

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 12/7/18

The Thomas Sumter Academy varsity girls basketball team will look to even its record at 3-3 on the season when it takes on Wilson Hall today at 7 p.m. in the Baron Classic at Wilson Hall's Nash Student Center

"They do a great job coaching," …

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Thomas Sumter girls working to improve each day

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The Thomas Sumter Academy varsity girls basketball team will look to even its record at 3-3 on the season when it takes on Wilson Hall today at 7 p.m. in the Baron Classic at Wilson Hall's Nash Student Center

"They do a great job coaching," Thomas Sumter head coach B.J. Reed said of Wilson Hall head coach Glen Rector "They're athletic, fast and a very seasoned team. We're working on what we can control and working on the little things like boxing out, crashing the boards, communicating and defending effectively. We don't prepare for Wilson Hall any differently (than other teams)."

The Generals got to 2-3 by splitting two games with Robert E. Lee, winning the first time 45-39 and falling the second time 45-41, and by beating Augusta Christian 40-34 in the Garden City Classic in Georgia and falling to both Westminster Academy and Augusta Prep in the same tournament, 33-23 and 56-32, respectively.

The Generals have three returning players this season. The leader is senior shooting guard Aubrey Stoddard, who is averaging 18 points per game. Senior point guard Sydney Daniel is averaging 7.5 points per game, and senior power forward Emily Jackson is averaging just 2.0 points, but 6.5 rebounds.

"Emily had limited playing time last year because of her recovery from shoulder surgery," Reed said. "She's a great communicator on defense and does the little things that don't show up on paper. She does the grunt work, and I'm happy she's back in full force on the court.

"All three of them are great leaders on and off the court," she said. "Sydney was never a point guard, so she has a different role with the team. We need her to create points. Aubrey has added dynamics to her game. She can drive to the basket and create her own shot and is not just a shooter anymore."

Reed is also happy with how her three veterans have helped the younger players on the team.

"I can't say enough about them," she said. "They've been preparing themselves and taking their game to a different level. They've done a great job (with) leadership of the young girls who don't have experience."

Reed is focused on the team's day-to-day improvement.

"We have just three returners," she said. "It's a big jump from JV to varsity, (so I ask) 'Are we getting better each day,' (I want us to be) better at the end of the season than the beginning of the season. We're preparing for region play (and I want us to) get a high seed in the region to get a good seed in the state playoffs."