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Lady Seahawks basketball off to strong start

After three years without a varsity girls basketball program, Franklin County High School’s Lady Seahawks have reeled off three straight wins.

Prior to their falling 47-38 at home Monday night, coach Jordan McNair’s squad had reeled off three wins, opening Nov. 29 at home with a 32-15 win over St. John Paul II.

In that game, freshman Thamia Thomas led the team with nine points, with six from eighth grader Gregreyana Griffin, five from sophomore Mahala Griggs including one trey, four from eighth grader Sa’ryiah McNair, a three-pointer from junior Alexcia McNair and two from eighth grader Efredia Wesee.

The following night at home, the Lady Seahawks scored a 31-22 victory over the Wakulla Lady War Eagles.

In that game, the Lady Seahawks trailed 8-4 after the first quarter, tied it up at 14-all at the half, took the lead 22-16 after three quarters, and sealed the deal in the final stanza.

Griggs led the team with 17 points, with Sa’ryiah McNair adding seven, Thomas three and two each from Alexcia McNair and Griffin.

On Dec. 2 at home, the Lady Seahawks bested the Lady Gators from Wewa 44-33, with Thomas taking top honors this time with 12 points, Griggs added six, Sa’ryiah McNair three and Griffin two, with six rebounds.

On Monday night, the Lady Seahawks lost their first game, 47-38 at home against Liberty County, as the Lady Bulldogs tallied a strong fourth quarter, 16-6, to seal the win.

The Lady Seahawks had led 12-9 after the first quarter, and were behind 22-21 at the half, before taking a slim 32-31 lead going into that final stanza.

“We’ve been working all summer for this, we put in the work every day so I’m not surprised at all,” said McNair. “We’re going to keep it going, we’re going to keep working hard and working hard. We’re going to take it one day at a time, work every day and we’ll see.”

McNair, a member of the Franklin County High School Class of 2008, has a young team, with no seniors; four sophomores, Raegan Dempsey, Jenise Loos, Maleah Bell and Griggs; two freshmen, Thomas and Mylie Smith; and three eighth graders, Wesee, Sa’ryiah McNair and Griffin.

The girls compete in District 4 of Class 1A, against Aucilla Christian, Jefferson County, Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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