Portageville Lady Bulldogs to see experience and determined players this season

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Members of the Portageville Lady Bulldogs are, front, from left, Abrianna Fields, Shaymia Roston, Savannah Lovins, Deondra Johnson, Elesianna Covington, (Manager); middle are, Jauslyn Johnson, Selinah Taylor, Bayleigh Torrey, Zarria Taylor, Dasmine Johnson, Garielle Madison; back are, Stanika Matlock (Manager), Mikelah Ford, Megan Maddox, Alora Dunlap, and Chrissette Thomas.

For the 2017018 season, the Portageville Lady Bulldogs have four of five returning starters, and three of the four top scorers. “We will be more experience as I have three seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores returning who all played varsity for me last season,” said Portageville head coach Kellye Fowler. Her returning starters from last year include Senior Deondra Johnson who averaged 14.5 points , and Senior Shamyia Roston, who averaged nine points.

Portageville only lost one senior from last year.

“We also have two players, one junior and one sophomore, who will be back this year after sitting out the entire season last year due to injury. The girls have been working hard in practice so far and we seem to be more ready for the upcoming season than we were last year at this time,” said Fowler.

“They are excited and self-motivated which makes them a fun group to coach. I keep telling them we just have to continue to work hard and get better in practice every day. The fact that we have lots of room to improve is a good thing. We want to be playing our best ball in January and February when it matters most. The girls understand that and have been buying in to putting in the work that makes a successful season possible,” she continued.

As far as with the season, Fowler says that their biggest competitor this year in district will be Kennett.

Another team that will be tough is Twin Rivers, and will no doubt will give competing teams a run for the money.

The team's record last year was 14-10 and look forward to improve on that. The Lady Bulldogs will begin their season on the road at the South Pemiscot Invitational. Their first home game will be Monday, December 11, hosting Campbell.

Fowler is no stranger to Portageville Girls' Basketball. She is, herself, a graduate of Portageville High School and led her basketball teams to several victories.

She worked as an assistant coach in Kennett, prior to returning to Portageville. This is her fifth year as head coach. Her coaching record as head coach is 51-41.