Knights girls are sticking with it

Halifax Academy girls team has played just six games with a 3-3 record.

The Halifax Academy girls basketball team closes out the season on Jan. 31 with a game against Melbourne Community Christian.

The team is still holding together.

“The girls still work together and support each other. It’s a great team. We have four seniors that lead by example, give 100 percent and have a great attitude. They help the younger girls. They hold it together. I am just here to guide,” commented Head Coach Holly McIntyre.

Sixth-grader Ziona Harris, 12, is the leading scorer.

“It’s different than playing middle school. I feel the pressure, but I take it one game at a time,” Harris said.

McIntyre added, “She is dynamite. She is fast. She is really starting to come into her own. She has so much potential.”

Senior center/forward Raychell Jones is the post presence, leading rebounder and team captain.

“I get frustrated sometimes when the younger players don’t know what to do but I like teaching and helping,” she said.

Young team
The Knights also have seniors in guards Jada Cooper and Amber McIntyre and forward Brinn Stamper.

Eight-grade guard Ava Dougherty is a defensive specialist and good things are expected out of newcomer freshman forward/center 5’9” Treasure Eberhart.

The team is young with four seniors, two freshmen, one seventh grader, one sixth grader and a fifth grader.

Jones stated, “I think we play well together and I think that we do play together as a team. I think that we have gotten over our nerves from earlier in the season.’’

Harris remarked, “We pulled together and have really helped each other. We were more nervous the first couple of games of the season. I know that I was.’’

The girls team close their season with games against Pierson Taylor on Jan. 25 and Melbourne Community Christian on Jan. 31.

Halifax girls play as an independent under the Florida High School Athletic Association. They won’t have a district tournament or chance at the playoffs.

“We are just going to close out the season by having fun, doing our best and playing together,” McIntyre added.


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