Frederica Academy’s girls basketball team has only one senior on the team this season, but head coach Sarah Helder isn’t worried about leadership, thanks to the talents of twin sisters Jada and Jadyn Scott.
The 6-foot-1 juniors are considered among the best high school girl basketball prospects in the Southeast and scouts from some of the top women’s programs in the nation will be in the stands to scout the girls during the season.
The schools looking at Jada and Jadyn won’t have to worry about which girl to choose. They are a package deal who plan to play at the same college, Helder said.
“They have great attitudes and they play hard,” she said. “I feel like we have four seniors on the court.”
But the team (1-2) has plenty of work to do during the early non-conference schedule if the girls plan to compete for GISA Region 2-3A title once conference play begins in January.
“From last year to this year everyone has to improve,” Helder said. “I’m proud of their effort so far.”
The team needs to stay out of foul trouble and improve on passing the ball if they want to win the region title, she said.
The girls and boys teams host Hilton Head Prep in non-conference games starting at 5 p.m. today.
Boys coach Carl Nash said he has three juniors and two seniors in the starting lineup this season.
The biggest difference is last year’s team was bigger and this year his team is smaller, but quicker.
“If we play hard and avoid a lot of turnovers we’ll be OK,” he said. “The bench doesn’t have a lot of experience.”
Non-conference games such as tonight’s against Hilton Head are an opportunity for Nash to gauge his lineup and bench before region play begins Jan. 9.
“Our top four players have played together a lot,” he said. “These games should answer a lot of questions.”
Some of the younger players will play on the junior varsity squad to give them more time on the court in competitive situations, he said.
“We have to find guys willing to play hard,” he said.
His team (2-1) is still gelling because most of his players participate in other sports. Football players were not allowed to practice with the basketball team until the season ended with a semi-final loss in the state playoffs last month.
“All our kids play other sports,” Nash said. “We haven’t had any quality practices because you can’t work on fundamentals. We have to try to adapt as we go along. We’re trying to catch up right now.”