McGavock proved too much for visiting Rockvale on Nov. 19 as the Raiders came away with a 83-50 victory.
McGavock dominated on both sides of the court. The Raiders’ offense worked quickly and efficiently, while the defense forced a number of turnovers.
McGavock’s offense appeared as if it was in mid-season form at times. The Raiders’ senior-led roster has a lot of experience with each other, and head coach Paul Childress appreciates the veteran nature of his team.
“It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders as a coach,” Childress said. “The kids know what to do. They know how to play basketball. You don’t have to call a play every time down the court.
“They see looks. They have reads. They make them. It takes a lot of stress off of me.”
While the margin of victory was fairly large, there were some mistakes Childress wants to address.
McGavock’s defense hounded the Rockets all the way up the court, pressed the Rockvale guards and forced turnovers in the backcourt, but the Raiders were a little too aggressive on a few too many plays.
“We’re just fouling too much,” Childress said. “We’ve been stressing just pressing the ball and getting after the ball handlers. And we did a great job of that tonight, but you know, you can’t have a hand in them, and you can’t be brushing and fouling. So we can correct that.”
McGavock (83) – Monte’ Streate 16, Marvin Hughes 12, Michael Dowlen 11, Zion Hicks 9, TreSaun Wilson 9, Devion Bowens 6, Corey Huey 5, Gerald Huffman 4, Caleb Wade 4, Devin West 4, Cedrick Westmoreland 2.
Rockvale (50) – Julius Rhodes 14, Lamarious Nelson 7, Kareem Shrif 7, Isaiah Divens 6, Jaylen Singh 5, Vari Robinson 5, Jakai Brooks 2, Nathan Barnhart 2, Ivyn Dewberry 1, Thaddius Houston 1.
McGavock girls struggle in opener
The McGavock girls team does not have the same experience as the boys’ team, and it showed in their 54-34 opening loss.
McGavock played hard but made some mistakes, missed layups and free throws and looked a little overwhelmed by Rockvale’s defense.
Head coach Kim May knew the first game was not going to be perfect, but she was pleased with her team’s effort throughout the game.
“First game of the season, we were sloppy,” May said. “A lot of turnovers, but we battled. I felt like we really fought hard. I felt like there were some positives like Jada Johnson.”
Johnson is a senior and is expected to lead the team throughout the year. The former All-District selection has the most experience on the team. She dominated the glass, pulling down 15 rebounds.
While May was happy to see Johnson play well, she was excited for her team to play against someone other than themselves.
“All you’re doing right now is playing against yourself,” May said. “So to play against another team really kind of is a measuring stick on where you are. They were really, really fast, really, really aggressive, so it let me see that we need to be more physical.”