Lady Hornets keep on keeping on


Rachael Baker and the Lady Hornets, the defending 3A state champions, opened the season with a 46-32 victory over Hayden. -www.southernexposurephotos.com

Rachael Baker and the Lady Hornets, the defending 3A state champions, opened the season with a 46-32 victory over Hayden. -www.southernexposurephotos.com

Barbara Roy returned just two starters from last year’s 3A title team but those two – Rachael Baker and Carissa Horton – are apparently more than ready to lead Locust Fork on another title chase.

The Lady Hornets opened the season with a 46-32 victory over Hayden on Nov. 17.

Locust Fork led 9-6, 21-12 and 30-19 at the quarter breaks over the 5A Lady Wildcats.

Horton led Locust Fork with 17 points and eight rebounds while Baker put together a stat line of 14 points, nine steals, four rebounds and four blocks. Shelly Bailey and Kelsi Goodwin chipped in four points each.

Locust Fork traveled to Cleveland (0-2) last night.

Other girls teams off to a hot start include 3A Susan Moore and 1A Appalachian.

Susan Moore is 4-0 on the year (prior to hosting Oneonta last night) with wins over 3A Brindlee Mountain (84-18), 1A Appalachian (60-27), 1A Southeastern (87-13) and 5A Hayden (64-56).

Natasha Smallwood’s team has power in the paint with five players on the roster at 5’8 or taller.

Other than the 33-point loss to Susan Moore, Dusty Dean’s Lady Eagles have been very impressive on the season with wins over 2A Gaston (52-18), 1A St. Bernard (59-16), 3A J.B. Pennington (54-38) and 1A Jacksonville Christian (66-41).

Experience is not a strength with only two seniors on the roster but Dean has depth and talent to call on.

Redskins off to a great start

New head coach Brandon Crews has his Redskins off to a fast start. Oneonta is 5-0 on the young season and captured the title of the West End Thanksgiving Tournament last week.

Oneonta opened the season with wins over 3A Glencoe (64-31) and 5A Springville (60-48) before knocking off 3A Geraldine (67-44), 2A Asbury (52-26) and 3A Brindlee Mountain (55-35) at West End.

In the final game against Brindlee Mountain, the Redskins took control early to build a 34-21 halftime lead.

In the second half, it was more of the same as the Redskin defense kept the Rams from getting good looks, limiting them to just 14 points over the final two quarters.

Oneonta was led by Jaden Kent, who had a game-high 18 points to go with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.

Eric Moore was the only other Redskin in double figures as he scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Oneonta traveled to Susan Moore (1-3) last night.

5A Hayden and 1A Southeastern have also gotten off to good starts.

Hayden is 3-1 on the year with wins over 2A Cleveland (73-33), 3A Locust Fork (51-50), and 3A Susan Moore (74- 52) with the loss coming to 5A rival Corner (60-59, not an area game).

Stephen Glover has a guard-oriented team that should be able to score points on anybody but lack of size is a concern, especially against area opponents.

Southeastern is 3-1 on the season. Keith Moore’s Mustangs opened the year with a 53-44 home loss to 1A St. Bernard but have now picked up wins over 2A West End (63-30), 3A Susan Moore (70-58) and 2A Cleveland (83-64).

Moore’s team features four seniors and a little size inside with 6’3 junior Jordan Graham and 6’2 sophomore Jacob Robertson.