Lady Saints may be county’s best

Published 8:57 pm Monday, December 16, 2013

The holiday season usually provides a good break for everyone and it seems like the most logical halfway point of the basketball season, making it a fair time to start evaluating our local teams.

Last week I did my best to look at the best high school boys teams in the Dallas County-Selma area, so it seems only fair to do the same for the local girls teams.

Selma has shown that it is probably the best team in town. The Saints have already swept Keith, who is considered one of the best teams in Class 1A in the state after a trip to state championship game last season.

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Saints head coach Anthony Harris has led his team to victories over Francis Marion, Dallas County, Ellwood Christian and Southside already this season.

After a tournament in Hoover that saw the Saints get defeated by double digits, Selma has recovered and gotten on a roll.

The best thing about Selma is the Saints have a lot of different scoring options.

It’s not always the same two or three players putting up big numbers.

Areyanna Williams, Takesha Wilson, Jamya Smith, Ayana Moore and Jacquetta Dailey have all had great games for the Saints, who appear to have a lot of depth.

Meanwhile, Keith continues trying to claw its way back to the state title game.

Guard Harriet Winchester continues to shine, playing probably her best game of the season in the Bears second loss to Selma a few weeks ago. But Zykia Pettway is also a difference maker for Keith. Pettway has shown the ability to score inside consistently, giving the Bears an added element on offense.

The rest of the teams in the area have not gotten off to very strong starts, but there is a lot of season left.

Unlike many other sports, playing well at the end of the season is rewarded in basketball, so anything can happen.

But that’s not to say that the other schools do not have standout players because they certainly do. Southside has shown the ability to compete with many of the top teams in the area on any given night.

Meadowview Christian continues to improve and looks like a team that could make a run down the stretch. The other teams continue to work and play hard, which doesn’t go unnoticed.

When postseason play starts, I believe there could be multiple local girls teams in the playoffs.