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St. Clair Shores

South Lake girls hoops team hopes to be class of MAC Silver

December 11, 2012

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The St. Clair Shores South Lake girls basketball team returns all five starters from a team that went 10-4 in the MAC Silver last season. Pictured is Cavaliers sophomore NaKyra Jordan, who earned team MVP honors last year as a freshman.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores South Lake sophomore forward NaKyra Jordan said she believes the Lady Cavaliers should be the class of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division this season.

“Personally, I don’t think we can be stopped,” said Jordan, who earned team MVP honors last year as a freshman. “We know we have to go to work and everybody on the team knows their role, so I see us winning the league this year.”

Jordan is one of six returning players, including all five starters, according to second-year Cavs coach, Shay Lewis. South Lake lost no players to graduation, Lewis said, meaning the key members of the team are well-versed in running Lewis’ system.

“We brought in some solid new players and a couple of JV call-ups, but it’s big for us to have our core back,” said Lewis, who guided the Cavs to an 11-9 record, including a 10-4 mark in the MAC Silver.

“We worked hard and had a great summer. I’m excited about what we have,” Lewis said.

What South Lake (0-0 at press time) has is a number of solid, quick guards who will have to play well all season if the Cavs hope to realize their championship aspirations  —because the team is lacking in size.

Players expected to stand out include Jordan, who Lewis said has a high basketball IQ, and senior guards Taylor Pitts — a transfer from Warren Fitzgerald — and Nyshah Brown.

South Lake will run a “four out, one in” halfcourt offense that calls for a strong passing post player and solid shooters all over the perimeter. The Cavs coach added that getting out on the break will be key, too.

“We want to get out and run, run, run. We only had seven players last year, and with 11 on the team this year, we’ll be able to do that,” Lewis said. “We have to run because we’re not very big, so we’re going to have to rely on our speed.”

South Lake may not be big, but Lewis wants her team to be physical. She’s working on getting her players to add that toughness to their games so the Cavs have a more complete team.

That’ll be important if South Lake is serious about capturing its first league title since the 2005-06 season. Defending championship Marysville has moved to the MAC Gold. Lewis said Madison Heights Lamphere and Clawson High will be tough matchups for her team.

“I feel like the league is wide open, but since we finished second and we’re bringing so much back, I think we should be the favorites,” Lewis said. “We can’t worry about other teams. We just need to take care of our business.”

“We’re determined. We know that much, but it’s going to come down to what we do on the court,” Brown said. “We want to win our league and win a district title, but we’ve gotta work.”

The Cavs next tip is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Warren Woods Tower.

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