Defense helps Mavs rout Gaffney

Defense helps Mavs rout Gaffney


Defense helps Mavs rout Gaffney


The Mauldin High girls basketball team used a strong defensive effort to close the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule with a 44-18 win at Gaffney on Dec. 20.

The Mavericks improved to 5-4, including 1-1 in Region 2-AAAA.

First-year Mauldin coach Nicole Hood said the team experienced some traffic problems on the way to Gaffney that resulted in the team arriving late and not getting as much warmup time as needed. However, the Mavericks’ defense was ready at tipoff.

“Defensively, we jumped on them from the beginning,” Hood said. “They are a good team, and they will probably be ready for us when we play again.”

Hood said the defense is led by junior Da’Vielle Lucus. She and sophomore Makayla Green, a transfer from Hillcrest, have become a strong duo inside.

“They played AAU together, so the transition wasn’t hard, Hood said. “I have them playing the post. I told them they are really guards, but I have them playing the four and five. I told them they are guards and to play like one.”

Mauldin has a good inside-outside attack. Senior guard Caitland Considine, a four-year starter who has signed with Central Connecticut State, leads the Mavericks in scoring, and Lucus is second in scoring and leads the team in rebounding.

Hood said she is pleased with the progress the Mavericks have made but sees room for improvement.

“They have come a long way,” Hood said. “One of the things they are still dealing with is mental toughness. It will come with experience.”

Mauldin played in the Carolina Invitational in Charleston Dec. 27-29. The Mavericks will return to region competition Jan. 7 at Boiling Springs.


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