Jacksonville girls must replace key players
by Lori Tippets
Dec 03, 2013 | 779 views |  0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The biggest challenge facing Chambless on the girls’ team was finding a way to replace Sharon Osterbind and Kenyatta Erwin, both key players who helped lead the Lady Eagles to the state championship two years ago.

Chambless has been pleased so far with the play of post player Dasia Kirksey, a 10th grader who did well in summer games. “She came off the bench and rotated with those two (Osterbind and Erwin) a lot last year, especially at the end. She was one of the better ones coming off the bench.

“Dasia’s not as tall but is quicker and can jump. She’s a different player and has positives that maybe the other two didn’t have. Her strengths are not their strengths.”

Also playing post is the only senior on the team, Jasmine Easley. Chambless says that Easley is probably playing out of position as a small forward but that he needs her under the basket this season.

Also playing under the basket is 10th grader Brandi Canady who doesn’t have a lot of varsity experience but Chambless feels she is a good rebounder, is aggressive and plays strong inside.

Not playing right now is Sierra Stone who Chambless feels will contribute to the Lady Eagles later in the season underneath with her 6’1” height.

In addition to starters Jasmine Easley and Kirksey, Chambless starts Destiny Easley, who he calls “a good shooter”, Angel Kidd and Virginia Poe.

Poe and Kidd have the most experience on the team having played in the state championship game and were starters last year.

Poe, an excellent outside shooter, will also have to take over some post responsibilities on a team that is very guard heavy.

In addition to handling the ball very well, Kidd also can shoot very well from her outside position.

With a lot of the girls having played when they were in the ninth grade on the state championship team, Chambless feels that their experience will be a big plus. “I expect them to produce,” said Chambless matter-of-factly. “For these girls it will be more fine tuning than teaching them the basics. I have higher expectations for them.”

Off the bench Chambless has sophomores Darrien Martin, Ataliya Morgan, Kelsey Erwin and Quenteeria Mooney.

Chambless says that having so many guards is a good problem. ”These are girls that can play and you try to play them all because they all can contribute,” said Chambless.

Chambless says his plan is to rotate his guards regularly to keep the pressure on the opposing team. “We’re going to wear people down,” said Chambless.

The Lady Eagles, currently 4-2, will face tough area competition. Chambless expects Hokes Bluff, who shocked the Lady Eagles by beating them in the area tournament to end their season last year, should be the team to beat as they have most of their girls back.

Centre should also be very good and Alexandria also has a lot of guards who have been playing for a while.

Jacksonville will play Oneonta and Etowah this week.
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