The Simmons’ girls basketball team has been preparing for this all season.
The talented Class A team played a bunch of higher classification schools in the beginning of the basketball season to toughen themselves up for the postseason.
Coming off a decisive victory over Coldwater in the opening round of the District 3-1A tournament Wednesday at Ray Brooks High School, it is evident that the hard work has paid off.
The Devilettes, who are the top seed in the four-team district tournament, have now won seven straight games.
Simmons will host Shaw Friday night in the championship game of the tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m
Simmons now has a 21-7 record, and coach Bernita Alexander said the success has been not just about the play of star seniors Tiara Willis and Jalelia Gadison, but also the underclassmen like sophomore Na’Riah Robinson and freshman Taylor Lucas-Howard.
“All of the players have been contributing and that is the main thing that I want to see,” Coach Alexander said.
Willis led the Devilettes with 16 points Wednesday. Gadison scored 12 points, Rickeysha White and Carl’Kaisha Lucas finished with eight points. Lucas grabbed eight rebounds.
“Last year we were the No. 1 seed and we lost in this tournament. We want to finish it off this year,” Alexander said.