Girls Varsity Basketball · Up-tempo pace key for Berkeley in region play

Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr./Independent

Berkeley was able to maintain its lead after a third-quarter push to give the girls basketball team a 44-17 victory over Beaufort on Feb. 2.

It’s Berkeley’s sixth consecutive win, making them 6-1 against region foes and 10-8 overall. After a slow start to a season crippled by three opening losses, Berkeley Head Coach Crystal Peace said the girls have picked up the pace in time for region play.

She means that literally.

“Our transition game is what picked up quite a bit,” Peace said. “We’re able to score more buckets because of being able to run the floor.”

In the past, Peace credits some of that to the recent addition of guard LeeToria Dorsey, who’s averaged just over 14 points a game. If Dorsey doesn’t take it to the rack herself, she finds Genesis Weiters on the post, or D’Kerra Middleton is open for a mid-range jumper.

“We work on it in practice,” Peace said. “One of the first drills, that’s what we do.”

Skylar Scott has been monumental in speeding up Berkeley’s style of play. While she may not make the stat sheet every night, her presence is felt.

“It’s different when she’s in the game,” Peace said.

Weiters led Berkeley with 14 points against the Eagles. Middleton and Realyte Douglas followed with nine apiece. Dorsey scored eight.

Even though the Stags kept Beaufort to as few as one point in the third quarter, Peace said the team still struggles to play solid defense. It’s most frustrating because the more seasoned players should know better.

“They got to really buy into that,” Peace said. “We got kids who’ve been playing a couple years who know better. They just have to be consistent. That’s one of the goals they set for the team. They’re consistent at times.”

Berkeley hosts Colleton County Feb. 6 (after press time) and will head to Cane Bay on Thursday. The Stags are tied with Stall for the first place in the region. A tiebreaker will ensue if both teams win their remaining games.

Berkeley clashed with the Warriors on Jan. 30 and won 53-52 in a nail-bitter after Dorsey scored on a put-back layup as time expired.

Peace said she isn’t talking about a region championship in her locker room. She’s stuck to the “one game at a time” mantra all season.

“Pay attention to who got in front of us. Don’t worry about nothing us. Do what we got to do. We don’t talk about (a region championship),” Peace said.