Coach John Shearin has his Red Raider girls doing it the ‘HPA Way’

Posted by Andy Durham on February 25, 2013 at 10:31 am under High School | Comments are off for this article

The High Point Andrews girl’s basketball team is (25-1), going into tonight’s sectionals Round One game at home vs. the Wheatmore Warriors and this year’s Red Raider team is doing it the ‘HPA Way’, according to their head coach John Shearin…

The ‘HPA Way’ means, that this is the most unselfish team that Coach Shearin has ever seen..Coach Shearin has seen Imani Watkins, October Campbell and Shamisha Farabee all come up through the program together and each of the young ladies on the Red Raiders’ squad, contributes in different ways and it is a young club with 4 freshmen among the top unit and on this team, everybody plays and each player has been prepared to start at any time during this season….On this team, everybody gets a chance and the starting lineup can change from one game to the next and the players work together, like inter-changeable parts…

Let’s take a look at the Red Raiders and see what each High Point Andrews player brings to the table/gymnasium…..

Imani Watkins:Watkins is a junior and she is the ‘floor leader’ and a great one at that…Imani averages right at 13.4 points per game she is like the ‘coach on the floor’, for Coach Shearin…Watkins also comes in at 4 assists per game….

Santia Davis Davis in some ways is similar to Imani, although she is more like a 2-guard and she is an excellent shooter….Davis does not mind defending and there is never any relaxing by her, on the defensive end of the floor….Davis right at 13.5 ppg and she is a senior…

October Campbell:Coach Shearin says Campbell is a ‘coach’s dream’ when it comes to her effort….”She gives 110% every night out, and there is never a question about her effort”…..”She is always the first person to a loose ball and she is a true hustler”….Campbell is a wing player averaging 10.5 ppg and she is a junior…

Shamisha Farabee:Shamisha can play the PG or the 2-G and she does all the little/small things that sometimes go unnoticed…Farabee takes care of the ball and does not turn it over….Farabee is at 4.5 ppg and she knows her role and carries it out….Farabee is a junior….

Jazlin Taylor:Taylor is a freshman that is becoming more and more offensive-minded….She had 14 points in the PAC 6 2-A Title Game last Friday night and two of her primary strengths are her defense and her offensive penetration….Coach Shearin says Taylor is a hard-nosed on-the-ball defender and she is very quick….For Taylor, her defense creates offense for her and for the team….

Gayla Fairley:Gayla is under-sized but she is a battler, according to Coach Shearin…Fairley stands right at 5’8, but she has to play taller than that and she does as typified by her average of 8-9 rebounds per game…She keeps her opponents off of the boards and she is very tough in the post….The senior is the top rebounder on the team and she has been in the top five rotation all season long….

Moriah Sanders:Sanders is a 5’8 freshman post player and she can step outside and she has a very accurate corner jumper/jump shot and Coach Shearin says she is another very tough, and joins many that enter the High Point Andrews Red Raiders program coming in from Welborne Middle School…

Destiny Timberlake Destiny works as a wing player and she can score in spurts and in bunches, having posted 3 double-figure scoring games this season, with a high-game of 18 points….Timberlake is a very good shooter and she listens well, so this Red Raider freshman ought to keep on getting better and better….

Jamiaya Jackson:The 5’8 freshman is looking to grow more and she is already very athletic according to Coach Shearin and her strength, go along with her youthful size, is her rebounding…..

*****And that is a look at your young ladies from High Point Andrews High School, as the Red Raiders(25-1) get set to take on the Wheatmore Warriors, in Round One of the NCHSAA basketball playoffs this evening, at HPA and look for them to keep on the doing it the ‘HPA Way’ for their head coach, John Shearin…..*****


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