MALVERN LEOPARDS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Published October 25, 2009 at 7:41 a.m.
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— BOYS

Conference: 4A-7

Coach: John Ware (5th year at Malvern,

468-286 career)

Assistant coaches: Mark Freer

Last year’s record: 13-16 (6-8 confer

ence)

Returning starters: We are returning

junior guard James King (5-11), who av

eraged 12 points per game last year, and

senior guard Mario Jamerson (5-9), who

averaged 10 points per game.

Best inside players: We have some new

comers that are yet to be proven on the

inside, so that is still to be determined.

Best outside players: King and Jamerson will be our threat from the outside.

Strengths of team: Quickness and size. Being small and quick creates a match-up problem for the other team.

Weaknesses of team: Quickness and size. Sometimes it is a problem for us when they push us under the basket when blocking out on rebounds.

In a nutshell: We have a good group of young men, and we feel that all games on the schedule are going to be good, competitive games that will be entertaining to watch.

GIRLS Conference: 7 4A Coach: Jess Martin (5th year at Malvern, 12th overall, 142-69 career) Assistant coaches: Cleveland Gordan Last year’s record: 18-9 (8-6, 4th place in conference) Returning starters: Senior center Betty Randall (6-0), junior guard/forward Corredur Vaden (5-8), senior forward Cruz Jacobs (5-8), junior guard Shay Mc-Gill (5-6) and senior guard Nikki Allen (5-5).

Best inside players: Randall, a strong and aggressive player who can dominate the boards. She’s an imposing defensive presence and also improving her offensive game as well. She returns this year after being injured the second half of lastyear. With her are McGill, a hard player and our best defender, and Jacobs, a good rebounder.

Best outside players: Allen can hit the three pointer but will have to handle the ball better against teams that like to play pressure defense.

Strengths of team: We will be a seniorladen team this year and we will have more depth also. Post play and rebounding I think will be our best assets.

Games to watch: Early season nonconference match-ups with top ranked Star City and playoff regular 5A Hot Springs will good measuring sticks.

Toughest opponent: Conference opponents Nashville, Waldron and Mena.

College prospects: Betty Randall and Corredur Vaden, two of the top three players in our conference.

LEOPARDS SCHEDULE

Nov. 23 ......................................@ Lakeside

Nov. 24 ......................................... Star City

Dec. 4 ..............................................WarrenDec. 8 ....................................@ Hot Springs Dec. 11 ......................................... Nashville Dec. 18 .......................................... @ Mena

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