On December 12, the Lady Titans faced the North Atlanta Warriors in a region basketball game. The Titans earned a dominant win, the final score coming to 68-21. Freshman guard Eden Sample scored 20 points and junior power forward Ashlee Austin also scored 20 points. But this wasn’t just another 20 point game for Austin, this one was special. 16 of those 20 points helped Ashlee reach 1,000 career points. Not many high school players get to say they hit 1,000 career points.
“Before the game I was really nervous for some reason. But once the game started, I started scoring and getting closer to 1,000. I was just really happy and proud of myself,” Austin said.
Ashlee is a very special player. She will continue to do big things the rest of this season and next season. The girls have been on a roll lately and are having a great start to their season. Like all good teams, however, there are things that they still need to fix before the playoffs.
“We are still working on defense. Our help side wasn’t quick enough last night. We let North Atlanta’s point guard get way too deep in the paint. I think it will come, but we have to be willing to take a charge and force the good ball handlers to give up the ball or take long jump shots,” Head Coach Chris Yarbrough said.
This team can easily score the ball, so if they can tighten up their defense then they will seem near unstoppable. The players also all believe in each other and the system in place around them.
“We are very confident in our abilities. We know that there is still work to be done but we are well on our way and we’re getting better everyday,” junior power forward Maya Richards said.
When you have a confident team and an unbreakable bond, then success is in your future. The girls should easily win their region and then they will be able to compete against stronger teams outside of their region.
“Our goal is to always get better. You have to treat each opponent with respect regardless of skill level. I thought at times we played well last night. But we didn’t have a lot of energy,” Yarbrough said.
The team seems to all have the same mission moving forward and that is to get better. Everyone on their team is on the same page and has one goal in mind. They all want to win the state championship at the end of the year. That is the ultimate goal, and they are willing to work as hard as they can to be successful.