L.C. Bird Girls (6-1 on season)
L.C. Bird’s unselfish play on both ends of the court led them to two victories in the tournament. The Skyhawks dove for loose balls on defense and made the extra pass on
offense to get open looks. Jaden Watkins showed off her passing skills, setting up her teammates well throughout the tournament, while still averaging 16 points per game. Mya Coleman posted a double-double against Freedom with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Brina Bentley posted 12 points against Granby. Kameron Brown showed off her catch-and-shoot ability by scoring 11 points against Granby, including three 3-pointers.
L.C. Bird’s hustle and ball movement allowed the team to get out and score in transition. The Skyhawks also played well in the half court, as their dribble penetration allowed them to get points in the paint, as well as open jump shots.
Coach Chevette Walker praised Watkins ability to distribute saying, “It’s hard to take her off the floor. She has such a high basketball IQ, even though she’s a sophomore.” Coach Walker said the focus going forward is on playing “solid defense and making free throws and layups” as they try to build on their momentum.
L.C. Bird boys (5-0 on season)
L.C. Bird’s ability to score from anywhere on the court helped
it to capture two victories in the tournament. The Skyhawks used their athleticism to get out and score in transition, as well as protect the rim. Jaylen Dillard was able to score inside and beyond the arc as he averaged 24.5 points per game. Mario Haskett averaged 16 points in his team’s two victories. The Harvard commit showed off his athleticism with some nice steals and highlight dunks.
Tyrek Williams added more solid production, averaging 10 points per game, while the Concord commit Jyles Webster had 14 points against Salem. Pinky Wiley and Haskett were big in transition for the Skyhawks as they were able to facilitate, as well as score it themselves. On the defensive end, L.C. Bird harassed the other team, forcing numerous turnovers. It also had a big focus on rim protection and rebounding, as it
contested every shot and crashed the boards.