The Daleville Lady Hawks (3-0) finished off the Daleville Tip-Off Classic last week with wins over both Wicksburg and Houston Academy after opening up with a close win over Providence Christian.
Daleville wanted to start the season off on the right foot and was able to do so as the only team involved in the series to go undefeated.
“I thought we did good,” Daleville coach Zach Kelley said. “I was pleased with how good we started. Usually the first couple of games you’re rusty and trying to figure things out, but I thought we came out and played well from the start.”
Daleville jumped out to a 16-0 lead to open up the game against Wicksburg on Nov. 12 and never relented.
“We jumped out to that big lead and never looked back,” Kelley said. “We also got a chance to get some young girls in the game and get some experience.”
Senior Janee Clements led the Lady Hawks with 17 points, while sophomore Joye Anderson and senior Erika Herring both pitched in with eight points each.
After playing Wicksburg to a tie at halftime, the Lady Hawks took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter to eventually take a 38-26 win on Nov. 14.
“That was a really good way to close out the tournament,” Kelley said. “It was a great start for us, for sure.”
Clements again led Daleville with 15 points, while Anderson scored 14 points and Herring scored nine points.
Clements averaged 15.7 points in the tournament, while Anderson averaged 12 points and Herring averaged 9.3 points in the tournament.
“Those girls have stepped up a lot,” Kelley said of his three leaders. “That was one thing we were looking at before the season started. Who is going to step up and fill the gap (of departed seniors)?
“Joye has been a real leader on the floor and Erika has been a big vocal leader, too. Janee is real quiet but she knocks down the big shots when you need them. The three of them are really leading us in the right direction right now. If we can stay on that path I think we’ll do well this year.”
The Lady Hawks will continue their season on Dec. 3 at Enterprise State Community College against the Geneva Lady Bulldogs. Geneva is coming off another successful season in 2018 and will be a tough test for Daleville.
“We have to come out with that same fight and start out strong and never let up,” Kelley said. “Geneva is a tough team – they always are – and they’ll be ready to play.
“They have some size inside and some young guards, so it will be interesting to see but Geneva is always really good. Hopefully we can keep the same intensity we had the first three games.”
Kelley said it would also be fun for his girls to get a chance to play on a college court.
“I think it’s a great experience for them,” Kelley said. “Playing at a college venue with a longer court and more people in the stands will be a good experience for them.”