Basketball team surmounts difficulties

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Lindsey Chavers

Published: November 22, 2006

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The Lady Pirates have managed to start this season with plenty of wins; and with a (6-3) record, they are proving they can overcome adversity to be successful.

The very young women’s team is made up of 13 freshman and two sophomores. Tina Ford is the only returning player from last year’s line up. 

They also have one player who had not played basketball prior to PJC.  Latoya Thomas, a 6’2″ freshman, was a net ball player in Jamaica before coming to play basketball here.

It hasn’t stopped them though from winning games, and winning those games big.  They’ve had two games where they scored more than 100 points, leaving their opponents in the dust.

Victoria Hunt and Gerica Johnson, both freshmen, have each made over 100 points total in the nine games they have played.  Each also has over 20 steals this season so far.

Because of the renovations at the Lou Ross Center on the Pensacola Campus, the basketball teams have been forced to practice and play at the Bo Johnson Center on the Milton Campus.

Head Coach Chanda Rigby believes that being able to move back to Pensacola will help their season even more. 

“We will get more shooting practice,” Rigby said.  “They will also have to stay until they get something right.  A lot of the girls haven’t had to do that yet, because our practices have been rushed.”

With the extra practice time and more experience, the Lady Pirates will be able to improve on their skills and maybe even their record.