As the Daniel High girls basketball team begins a challenging final two months of the season, Lions coach Cosandar Griffin said the biggest need the team has is confidence.
That may seem a bit surprising for a team that started fast and ranked in the top five among Class AAA teams in South Carolina. The reality is that Daniel has experience, talent and depth. The players just need to trust in all those positive attributes.
“They need to become more confident in what they can do on the court,” Griffin said. “They just need to work on their confidence level.”
The coach said she has confidence in the team, which has shown the ability to finish strong. In their 49-38 Western AAA Region win at Palmetto on Dec. 18, the Lions scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to pull away.
One source of confidence is the Lions’ defense and its ability to create opportunities.
“We practice a lot on defense, because usually we score most of our points in transition,” said Griffin. “We try to work on getting a lot of steals and pushing the ball up the court to score.”
Daniel may not be the tallest team around, but Griffin said, “We’ve got a few post players. I think they play pretty well down low. They play a little bigger than they are.”
Griffin has a number of players to lean on in the regular rotation, including Janie Miles, Myranda Parham, Jaliyah Sanford, Taylour Hunter, Aliyah Dukes and Xavier White.
“I look to them for defense and scoring,” said Griffin.
In January and February, the Lions play 12 Western AAA games along with contests against Spartanburg and Travelers Rest. The region is larger with plenty of good teams, including fellow top 10 teams Wren and Seneca.
“They’re only taking the top four (for the playoffs), so we’ve really got to work hard,” Griffin said. “We’re really going to have to up our game.”