SP Ford Classic has new, old faces

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 28, 2003

SOUTH POINT - Two familiar names will face two new faces in a new holiday tournament.

The South Point Ford Holiday Classic will be held Monday and Tuesday at South Point High School. The four team field includes Ohio Valley Conference foes Fairland and South Point plus two new faces, the Plymouth Lady Big Red and the Lawrence County (Ky.) Lady Bulldogs.

"We're hoping that having a couple of new teams will help generate some interest. They're both good programs and should make the tournament very competitive," South Point Lady Pointers head coach Dave Adams said.

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The tournament begins at 6 p.m. as Plymouth faces the Fairland Lady Dragons. The second game will be Lawrence County and the Lady Pointers.

Third-year head coach Brian Carr has guided Plymouth to a 6-0 start and the Lady Big Red are averaging 73 points a game.

Leading the way is All-Ohio candidate Katie Coon, a 5-foot-5 junior guard averaging 30 points a game. Coon eclipsed the 1,000 point career scoring mark last week.

Andee Reeder, a 5-11 senior, averages a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Felicia Gowitzka, a 5-3 junior guard, joins the starting lineup along with 5-7 junior forward Kristy McVey and 5-5 sophomore guard Brandi Chaffins who scores at 10 points an outing.

The top player off the bench is 5-10 Megan West.

Carr admits it's hard to figure which player defense must try to stop.

"We've got several girls who can score," Carr said. "When you do take away one option, someone else can hurt you.

"The girls have been with me for three years and they know the system. We're a decent D-4 (Division IV) team and we have a lot of improvement ahead of us."

Plymouth has shown steady improvement since Carr took over the program. The Lady Big Red was 10-12 his first season and 12-10 last year.

Carr thinks the tournament is wide-open.

"We're coming down there thinking anyone can win. We're looking forward to playing a different kind of competition," Carr said.

Carr's daughter, Rachel Deppen, is an assistant coach Plymouth. Deppen played at Willard where she helped the team t the regionals twice and was honorable mention All-Ohio.

After opening the season with losses to powerhouses Gallipolis and Ironton, Fairland is 3-2 including the Guyan Valley Invitational Tournament championship.

Brianna Davis leads Fairland in scoring and gets offensive help from Megan Fisher, Kristen Berry and Megan Auxier.

The Lawrence County (Ky.) Lady Bulldogs come into the tournament 5-3 with tournament experience. The Lady Bulldogs played in the Tolsia (W.Va.) Tournament last week and finished as runners-up.

Lawrence County lost to host Tolsia 76-47 in the title game. South Point lost 74-72 at Tolsia earlier this season.

The Lady Bulldogs were 11-13 last season and return two starters, 5-8 junior guard Jenny Humphrey and 5-9 junior forward Amber Jude.

It's been close but no cigar for the Lady Pointers. South Point is 0-5 but their losses have been to Ironton, Zane Trace, Tolsia and twice to Portsmouth. Three of the losses are by five points or less.

Alisha Bridges and Jessi Craft lead the Pointers offense, but the team's depth could be a key. South Point will utilize as many as 10 players.