Lady Seahawks pick up win No. 10 in impressive form

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton/ Soddy-Daisy (32) Gourney Stewart collides with Silverdale Baptist (11) Braylee Roby during their game at Silverdale Baptist Academy on Friday, December 15, 2023.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton/ Soddy-Daisy (32) Gourney Stewart collides with Silverdale Baptist (11) Braylee Roby during their game at Silverdale Baptist Academy on Friday, December 15, 2023.

Silverdale Baptist girls' basketball coach Victor Underwood really likes his team's versatility on the scoring end, which was exemplified in Friday's commanding 53-34 home victory over Soddy-Daisy.

A trio of Lady Seahawks scored in double figures, which didn't include junior sharpshooter Ella Canter, who opened the game and closed the third quarter with a left corner 3-pointer on her way to nine points, all from long-range.

Senior Kelsie Johnson connected on a shot from just across the right side of mid court at the first quarter buzzer on her way to scoring seven of her 14 points in the opening period. Meanwhile, Johnson added five assists, with three going to sophomore forward Braylee Raby, who also scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

"We have a lot of weapons offensively," Underwood said. "We share the ball well and have four girls who can put up 10-15 points on any given night. That's hard to game plan against. If you try to take one away, they will make the unselfish pass and trust each other. It's a lot of fun to watch."


Silverdale (10-3) was also provided a spark by freshman guard Kinsley Owen, who was aggressive to the basket on her way to scoring all of her 11 points over the second and third frame.

Senior Taylor Bledsoe also helped spur a 17-0 run for the Lady Seahawks that lasted nearly seven minutes as she collected three consecutive steals in the second quarter.

Raby, who entered the game averaging 11 rebounds per game, twice was able to turn an offensive rebound into a 3-pointer for the victors.

"Braylee and Taylor really did a good job defensively tonight on their two best players," said Johnson, who is a Bryan College signee. "Our team is very unselfish and we want to win. I have really worked on being able to (bring) the defense in and then find my open teammate out there."

Soddy-Daisy was led by quick-footed senior guard Alivia Hall, who finished with 14 points.

Katie Wright's Lady Trojans fell to 2-8 overall, mostly the result of an extremely tough schedule early in the season for a team that returned a lot of key pieces from last year's region championship.

For Silverdale, its strong start can be attributed in part to the steadfastness of Johnson.

"Kelsie is everything you want in a senior leader," Coach Underwood said. "She has come in from day one this year with a sharp focus. She wants this season to be a success. She comes in every day and makes sure to hold other girls to that standard. She makes my job easier because I see her doing that."

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.

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