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Lady Bulldogs win preview tournament

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Avery Woolard
Junior Kinzleigh Smothers shoots the ball as opponents try to block her.

The weekend brought additional accolades when 103.5 ESPN Southern Illinois named the Lady Bulldogs their team of the week Saturday, Dec. 2. This follows earlier nominations by the Orthopedic Center of Southern Illinois of junior Kinzleigh Smothers and sophomore Jamisen Green as 618 Players of the Week.

The Lady Bulldogs started their season strong by winning the Harrisburg Lady Bulldog Basketball Preview Tournament. They are currently 9-0 including the tournament wins.

“We practiced to our full potential,” senior point guard Kameron Adams said. “We practiced the week before and went over every team. We went over their offense and our game plan and it led us to first place.” 

 Smothers, who plays shooting guard, added that their coaches definitely helped them focus on how they needed to perform to win. 

“The toughest team was Carmi because they had just gone to state in volleyball and a lot of the girls were on the basketball team,” senior forward/center Frankie Leigh Nicholes said. 

Nicholes worried that their  momentum would make them difficult to beat.

Smothers felt their size was a handicap.

“Throughout the tournament, the biggest struggle was probably rebounding. We’re a smaller team that normally faces taller opponents,” Smothers said. 

Adams said that the players often get lost on defense or the plays don’t play out correctly due to the lack of communication on the court. 

“Communication is something we could work on,” Adams said.

Despite these weaknesses, the team was able to bring home the first place trophy.

“I feel good about winning this tournament,” Adams said. “I think this gives us more confidence to go throughout the season.”

Smothers and Adams were chosen as members of the All-Tournament team as well as  Green.

“Me and Kam worked really hard to try to make it, so we feel very accomplished to have been picked to be a part of it,” Smothers said.

Smothers added that this tournament has shown her how well they all play together as a team. 

“I feel like we have the potential to have a successful season,” Smothers said.

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Bryleigh Lewis, Staff Writer
Bryleigh Lewis is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion staff. She spends most of her time doing things around the house, art and homework.  “I think journalism is important because it helps spread news about important information. Everyone needs to know about important things going on, especially at your school, so they can stay up to date.”
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Avery Woolard is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion news production team. In her free time she loves to read, write, and loves to listen to various types of music. She is also employed at Sonic.  After high school Avery plans to go to SIC before transferring to Colorado Univerity of Colorado Springs to study psychology. This is something she is very passionate about.  “Student journalism is important in today's day and age it gives the students a voice and the ability to be heard, along with a better understanding of what is going on around them all the time.”

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