The Lowndes basketball teams will open their 2012-13 seasons tonight when they visit Thomas County Central in Thomasville. The Vikettes will play at 6 p.m, with the boys’ game scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
Both Lowndes teams open their home schedules next week, when they host the 8th Annual Charles Cooper Memorial Tip-off Tournament.
The Vikettes and Vikings open Region 1-6A play Jan. 5 at Valdosta.
Vikettes building team around Brown
After graduating eight seniors and sending six off to play college basketball, Lowndes girls basketball coach Shan Garner is building his team around junior sensation Tasia Brown.
Brown, a lengthy 5-foot-11 athlete, averaged 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. This year, Brown’s numbers are expected to be even higher.
In Friday’s scrimmage, Brown’s impressive dominance showed, recording 20 points and 15 rebounds in an overtime win over Pebblebrook.
“We are going to move her,” Garner said. “She is the type of kid that can rebound from anywhere.”
Overall, Garner said the 2012-13 Vikettes will be young and inexperienced — in terms of playing time — but will still have a chance to compete for the Region 1 championship.
“Everyone is new on the floor, except Tasia,” Garner said. “Even though some of them are seniors, floor time is what makes being a senior. ... The future looks bright, but I am not turning my back on this year. I think we will be a contender. It depends on how much we grow at the point guard position and how many touches I can get Tasia, because in region play, of course, it is going to be a little harder to get her the ball.”
In the scrimmage against Pebblebrook, Garner said he felt like his team grew up from the experience of playing an Atlanta-area based team.
“I’m glad I took them. It was crazy, it was wild,” Garner said. “We had to play an overtime to win it. ... They showed a lot of resolve, a lot of toughness.”
With a young team, Garner said the key for his team will be defense.
“That has always been something we’ve hung our hat on,” Garner said. “I think we gave up 39 (to Pebblebrook). I’ll take that all year long.”