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January 18, 2014

Grady County Tournament team-by-team preview

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AMBER —

In that game, Blake Schenberger led the way with 16 points. But with two players on 15 points and one other on 14, the Bulldogs show signs of a team that can spread the ball around and score from multiple angles.

 

3. Am-Po (girls)

Perennial champions Amber-Pocasset girls face their toughest test yet to retain their title, which they have won now for the last eight years.

They do return a strong lineup, as last year's team had only one senior, Dontasia McAfee, who never knew what it was like to go to a girls' final with Am-Po and lose. The addition of guard Suzanne Parker further boosts this Lady Panthers team.

First year head coach Steve Pelzer will hope to resurrect that tournament magic once again to make a run in what is a competitive girls bracket.

 

4. Alex (girls)

The Lady Longhorns made a statement in winning their Longhorn Classic tournament, but a fourth seed draw shows just how competitive this girls' bracket is.

If the shots are falling for Alex, they can score from anywhere on the court. Senior point guard Holly Anderson sank three from beyond the arc on her way to 23 points in the Longhorn Classic final, while junior Ashley Williams has a habit of getting open around the lane and has a consistent jump shot. Then there's always senior Jordan Washburn, who can change a game with a few three pointers.

Like other teams around them, the Lady Longhorns lack size to balance out their attacking threat. Perfection on defense and a few hot hands are important for Alex to progress.

 

5. Verden

The defending champions may have fallen down the pecking order to five, but to underestimate them is a serious risk.

Trystan Morgan provides the main attacking threat for the Tigers. He opened up 2014 with 27 points to lead them past Binger-Oney at home. Even with Morgan and Dusty Keil, it'll be a tough task for Verden with the path they've been given.

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