Kemper Academy teams seeking to grow as season continues


The first part of the basketball season is all about getting ready for the last part of it. That’s certainly the approach that Kemper Academy boys and girls basketball coach Betty Lynn Hag­gard is taking as her teams enter the second month of the 2021-22 season.

As far as the girls team goes, Haggard has three “dreams” for her team as the Lady Rams inch closer to January and the middle of district play. “I would like for us to im­prove our rebounding, master the fast break, and turn the ball over less.”

Going into the week the KA girls were 1-4.

“We are just looking for a way to click offen­sively,” she said.

The team is built around four seniors — Avery Luke, Sydney Wil­son, Shadow Goodrich, and Torey Stennis — and junior Braylee Johnson. Haggard said she is also getting some good play off the bench from fresh­men Faith Wilson and Jenna Dudley.


The Rams offense is centered around the scoring prowess of sen­ior Kix Wilson.

“He is just something to see,” Haggard said. “He drives in and weaves and wiggles and just finds a way to score.”

Wilson leads the Rams, who are 1-4 as the week began, with 25 points per game. The other senior Haggard counts on is Jaron McBride.

Kemper Academy has played some strong teams in the early part of the season including public schools in Enter­prise and Nanih Waiya.

“I think that will help us some when we get to district,” she said.

The five starters for the Rams are Wilson, McBride, Jay McWilliams, Zane Knight and Eli Weaver.

She said there are sev­eral players who have a lot of potential to grow as the season continues.

KA has December home games scheduled with Russell Christian and Enterprise. The Dis­trict Tournament is set to be hosted by Kemper Academy beginning on Feb. 1.

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