The Lady Cats basketball team has nothing to be ashamed of after a season like that

Published 6:59 pm Friday, February 20, 2015

The Bainbridge High School Lady Cats basketball team achieved some very outstanding goals under coach Kelvin Cochran this season.

Senior starters Patra Parris, Alex Carter, Tameria Levens, and Beonka Madge showed great leadership.

Rakia Hughes, Alexis Russ and Asia Gordon have also been major contributors.

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The Lady Cats, who finished 21-8 overall, rank among the best Lady Cats basketball teams I ever covered during my 44 years as sports editor of this fine newspaper. Several players should have the opportunity to extend their playing careers at the college level.

Two of them are Patra Parris and Alex Carter, who went over the one thousand point marks for their careers. Parris, who was a strong rebounder and scorer down low, and Carter, who could consistently hit two or 3-pointers from outside, also used her strong ball handling and passing skills to set up teammates in good scoring position.

Coach Cochran particularly liked the strong focus his team had all season.

Several players could have the opportunity to continue their careers at the next level.

This year’s Lady Cats team exemplified the word teamwork. They were very unselfish. They played for coach Cochran and each other, and when they won, they didn’t care who got the credit. The win was the most important thing and that is the way it should be.

In conclusion, I would also like to congratulate coach Cochran for the outstanding job he did this season. In my mind he ranks right up there with some other outstanding Lady Cats coaches I covered through the years. I am talking about coaches like Bobby Trawick, the late Ken Byrd, Larry Slaughter, Babs Coyle and LeAnn Harrell Inlow. Coach Slaughter was an outstanding Bearcats and Lady Cats coach. He truly cares about the young ladies he leads.