Moss, Lady Tigers ready to runPublished 9:12pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013
When teams take the court against the Dadeville Lady Tigers this season, they should expect an up-tempo, in-your -face brand of basketball.
Last season, the Lady Tigers made it to the AHSAA Final Four in Birmingham on the strength of a dominating inside game thanks to All-State center Rae Williams and Destiny Green.
This season, the defending Class 4A Central regional champions will lean on guard play this season, as junior Janeisha Moss and senior Laquashous Stowes will be the driving forces behind a team with a return trip to Birmingham on its mind.
“I think we have a chance to be better than we were last year (because of better guard play),” said DHS girls basketball coach Mitch Joiner. “I’ve got three or four out here that have been here for several years, and my first four are solid. My sixth, seventh and eighth looks pretty good, too.”
However, Moss will be the key that makes the engine go. As a sophomore, she was able to use her attacking ability to set up easy baskets for Williams and Green.
With those two having graduated, Joiner said Moss will have to transition from facilitator to more of a scorer, and he added that her presence on the court should raise the team’s play.
“With Moss out here, she makes everybody pick it up,” he said. “If you want to play, you have to keep up with her. She’s our biggest weapon out there. We’re planning to spread our opponents out, and I’ve got a good quarterback out there. We’re going to put the ball in her hands and let her make things happen.”
In Stowes, the Lady Tigers have one of the best long-range snipers in the area. She is expected to spear-head Dadeville’s outside shooting attack.
Araven Edwards and Juzlyn Jones, the latter of whom came on strong during the second half of last season, are also expected to contribute significantly. DHS volleyball standouts Hallie Cocx and Sierra Wyckoff return to the hardwood to add depth and length to the team.
Joiner said the team is focused not only on returning to Birmingham, but continuing to restore Dadeville’s respect among teams across the state at a new, breakneck pace.
“Dadeville teams used to make the final four about every year, and we want people to know that when you come to play Dadeville, you played somebody,” Joiner said. “So you have to get ready. We are going to go, we run, we press and we make you pick that ball up and do something with it. We want to Gus Malzahn our opponents.”