A 10-3 record is a fine record for any basketball team, but for the Greenville High School Honeybees it’s a strong sign that they are doing things the right way.
Under head coach Dakedreon Lampkin, the Honeybees have all the components needed for further success as they head towards the homestretch of their season.
“Yeah, we are 10-3 but we are by no means satisfied,” Lampkin said. “I always tell my players to work on their games. Even as a math teacher, I have to keep working on what I do. Let’s say the summer time comes, and I have not dealt with match in a while. So, I have to go back and work on math because if I get up and teach it to somebody, I have to know what I am talking about. So, we all have to work on our games and try to get better.”
A Honeybee who has no doubt worked a lot on her game is senior TiAlone Banks. Banks, a transfer from Leland, leads her team with a 20.7 points per game scoring average. Banks is also averaging 9.3 rebounds a game, 3.3 assists, and 3.5 steals a game.
Lampkin knew almost immediately that Banks was a hard worker when she joined the team this summer, he said.
“I am not surprised TiAlone has done so well. I watched her work ethic in the gym and how much she worked on her shooting. She is an experienced player. It may be her first game at Greenville, but it is not her first year playing high school basketball,” Lampkin said.
“Tialone brings a lot of energy, and the team feeds off that because she has a very high motor. Somtimes I will have to slow her down but as a coach you like that. You would rather tell a player to slow down then to speed up”
Senior Sierra Liggins is also a Honeybee who has shown a strong work ethic for her team. Liggins is averaging 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists this year.
“Sierra has been around me around five or six years because she used to come and hang out with us when she was in the seventh or eighth grade,” Coach Lampkin said. “She is a valuable part of this team.”
Junior A’Niya Miller is another Greenville hoopster who has shined in many moments. Miller is second on her team with a 9.1 points per game scoring average. She is averaging 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as well.
“A’Niya has been around. She has a lot of leadership, and she knows how I think,” Lampkin said. “The key for her is of she can she bring something extra to her game and can she bring something to help make her teammates better. Liggins and Tialone are going to be gone after this year, and we are going to need her leadership.
Freshman Jakayla Coats has also done well in the first part of the season. Despite her youth, Coats has averaged 6.1 points per game for the Honeybees.
One of the biggest challenges for the Honeybees in their next few games may be shaking off the rust. Greenville was scheduled to host Cleveland Central Tuesday night. Tuesday’s game would mark the first time the Hornets have taken the floor since a 53-48 victory over Jim Hill on Dec. 22. Greenville’s game last Friday night against Lafayette was canceled because of COV-19.
“Yes, it has been frustrating missing some games because of COVID, but if we just get better day by day and week by week then we are going to win some games.