Young Lady Stags finding their niche
A 3-4 mark at the start of Christmas break may not have been the record Berkeley girls basketball coach Crystal Peace hoped to see, but there was enough of a silver lining around the sub-.500 record gray cloud that she knew her team’s record was something to be improved upon.
“Our record is not what I would have wanted it to be,” Peace said, “But, at the same time, I’m not disappointed. We have a fairly new team and I knew it would take a little time for them to start working together.”
With the New Year and the Region 7AAA schedule about to begin, Peace has her team right where she wants it. After a nice showing in the Carolina Invitational Tournament the Lady Stags are looking ahead to the next six weeks of the season’s schedule and on to the playoffs.
Basketball for Peace and the Lady Stags has become fun.
“I believe we are at that point,” she said. “Now all we have to do is put the ball in the cup. They are definitely enjoying themselves, which in turn causes them to play harder.”
The Lady Stags face final tough tune-ups with Goose Creek on Thursday and Summerville on Jan. 7, before the Region 7AAA schedule begins on Jan. 14, but Berkeley has its sights set on playing deep into February.
“The Carolina Invitational gave us one last tune up before we kick off our region schedule,” Peace said. “Our goal is to play in the postseason. If the girls continue to work hard and do the little things right, we will have a good opportunity.”
Peace praised the play and leadership of senior Jill Funk over the season’s first seven games saying, “Jill’s efforts may not be reflected in the scorebook, but she does everything right, and works hard every time she’s on the floor. She plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Peace also said Alayah Jones has shouldered a lot of the scoring opportunities for the Lady Stags: “Alayah has played well. She has definitely been one of our more consistent players. She works the boards and gets easy buckets because of that.”
The first half of the Region 7AAA schedule wraps up with James Island on Jan. 21, Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Jan. 24, and Stall on Jan. 28. Peace said if her team paid attention to the little things, they’ll be just fine.
“The small things matter,” she said. “Commitment, consistency, communication, and confidence, they keep those four things in tact, success will come. Everybody has a job to do... it’s up to them to make it happen.”