Setbacks don't deter Laurel Hill girls

Laurel Hill girls basketball

Jhanae Griffin, a sophomore, has become a force on the inside for Laurel Hill this year.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 07:16 PM.

LAUREL HILL — The Laurel Hill girls basketball team is in a rebuilding mode in what was already a rebuilding season.

The young Hobo team — expected to be strong at the point guard — was looking to rely on the talented tandem of Tykierra DeAndrade and Rudy Williams. But things changed when DeAndrade had a season-ending knee injury and Williams was dismissed from the team.

Laurel Hill coach Scott Varnum said losing DeAndrade was especially tough on the team.

“It hurts losing a guard like that,” he said. “We were low on numbers anyway with the depth on the team, but Tykierra, she would have brought us a very, very good defensive player and she would have given us a spark in games.

“As far as the defensive side of the floor, we could do a lot more things than we can do now. Our whole outlook changed when we lost her.”

The varsity’s roster was low on players to start with: the Hoboes are down to seven players.

Three players — Grace Reese, Taleah Durm and Kaitlyn McLaney — are still in the eighth grade.

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