ARAB — Just call it the youth movement.
Just two seasons ago Gadsden City’s girls basketball team was led by two All-State seniors on their way to earning a berth in the Northeast Regional in Jacksonville.
If the Titans are to return to Jacksonville it will be on the heels of a freshman and a sophomore.
The combo of Camille Jenkins (sophomore) and Tameah Gaddis (frehsman) scored 17 combined points to lead Gadsden City (5-2) to a 49-38 victory over Arab Monday night.
Their early success is based on the fact that they have played with each other as far back as their eighth-grade years, according to Titans coach Jeremy Brooks.
“They are products of the feeder teams that my assistant coaches and myself have coached over the years to get used to the system I run,” Brooks explained. “It’s exciting to see them develop over the years and then become this productive on the varsity level at such a young age.”
Jenkins poured in 11 points, while Gaddis had six Monday night. Adrianna Jones led the Titans with a game-high 19 points. Mya Davis pitched in nine points and eight rebounds.
The Knights (5-4) held a one-point lead going into the second period (15-14) and then saw that lead disappear for the remainder of the game after Gadsden City took a 22-17 advantage into the half.
The Titans increased their lead in the third period when Jones scored seven of her 19 points in the frame. Gadsden City then converted 3-of-8 free throws in the fourth period to settle for the double-digit victory.
Jasmine Davis led Arab with 13 points followed by Reagan Malone with 10.
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Cold shooting on Gadsden City’s part combined with the hot shooting by host Arab gave the Titans their sixth loss of the young season.
Dawson England scored a game-high 21 points and drained five 3-pointers to lead the Knights. Colby King chipped in 18, while Brooks Malone had 10 for Arab (4-4).
The Knights led at the 4:48 mark of the first period and never looked back.
Arab took a 15-13 lead into the second period and then built into a double-digit advantage by the half (34-23).
While the Knights converted six 3-pointers on the night, most of Gadsden City’s jumpers beyond the 3-point arc were off target.
Dee Pearson led the Titans (3-6) with 14 points, while Demetrius Huff had 12. Calvin Williams chipped in nine, and Tyler Tucker had eight.
Gadsden City returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to Clay-Chalkville before traveling to Oxford on Thursday.
Article courtesy of Kevin Taylor, The Gadsden Times