Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos Courtesy of Macon East Athletics
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – Don’t be fooled by their one-win record, the Macon East Academy Lady Knights – according to their coach – are bringing the fight to every match-up this season. The battles just haven’t translated to scoreboard victories.
“We have played some great teams so far this season,” said Davis Lamb, coach of the Lady Knights. “Record aside, you can see the fight in these girls every game. They play with passion and heart. Even though we have not won a lot, I tell the girls all the time the best part about basketball is that it’s a long season. We have more opportunities every week to get better and to win. They have bought into that and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
The Lady Knights lone win is proof positive of the potential Lamb sees. Macon East defeated Pike Liberal 36-23 and was led by Maddie Ross’s 24-point performance. Sydney Phelps and Jamya Powell finished the affair with a combined 32 rebounds, 18 and 14 respectively. Ross accounted for five steals. Looking at the season numbers, Ross is the Lady Knights’ offensive warrior accounting for 165 points and 32 assists. Mollie Ross is second with 30. Phelps (90) and Powell (80) have no problem grabbing the necessary boards. Miya Tatum is putting her pickpocket skills to work, leading the team with 16 steals.
Lamb: “With a young team, you tend to look for the oldest players to be the leaders and one senior has done that for us, Maddie Ross. She has shown her ability to score under any circumstance. Off the court Maddie pushes the younger players and at practice she is always the first to lift them up and encourage them. Another leader is Sydney Phelps. This is her first year playing basketball and she is a gifted athlete with incredible potential. She is encouraging and motivational to the team. In any game you can hear her cheering for and encouraging her teammates.”
The schedule for the Lady Knights hasn’t been a cakewalk as they’ve gone shot for shot with Sparta, Edgewood, Springwood and Hooper. It’s not going to get any easier with Valiant Cross coming to Cecil Saturday and then region games against Chambers and Lakeside (playing them twice in a home and away series) spanning the month of January.
Lamb: “Despite our record, we’ve played well. Our team is very young. We only have two seniors and start two eighth graders and a freshman and a sophomore. We have maintained our goal of getting better with every game and practice. This is a great group of girls with amazing potential.”
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