We have a sophomore and a junior as our first WTOC Players of the Week in the new year.
Junior LaCollie Gordon of ECI was everywhere Saturday night again Portal. During one stretch in the first half, the Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 31-4 and Gordon was a huge factor, scoring rebounding and dishing out assists. "It felt good because they were the top dogs and they were cocky," said Gordon. "They were a good team and we just out played them. I had to step up. Coach had been telling me all year that I had to step up. Finally I stepped up and hopefully I can keep it going." Coach Isaac Bright added, "He can go inside and outside. He's got nice size and everything and he can shoot the ball very well."
Gordon had 17 points in a victory over Claxton Friday and finished with 24 Saturday, including 19 in the first half. ECI is a young team that is just coming together after winning just 3 of their first 11 games. "The coach said it was going to fall into place sooner or later. We just started doing better and practicing harder, getting better and better every day." Bright said, "Collie and the guys have been playing together as a team, so we've been doing a good job of moving the ball around the floor and passing it that's made us a lot better."
Our girls Player of the Week is Katie Covington of Calvary Day School. Covington is just a sophomore for the Lady Cavaliers. She put in 40 points in two wins including a triple double against Bryan County Friday night with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. "I didn't even know what it was until somebody told me," said Covington, referring to the triple double. "I try to hustle and coach told me I needed to get a few more rebounds and so I got some rebounds. They told me to steal some more so I stole some more and then I kept shooting." Coach Jackie Hamilton added, "She averages about 13 points a game but we've been trying to get her to rebound a little better. She had 10 rebounds that game and she plays pretty much the middle on our press and she anticipates very well and she got 10 steals, and that was big for us."
Covington enjoys playing basketball, and likes to play the team game. "It's mainly about team work, you can't be selfish with the ball you've got to pass."