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Coach happy with Lady Airedales’ effort 6/15/22

Coach happy with Lady Airedales’ effort

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


“One hundred percent!”


Alma girls basketball coach Codey Mann’s basketball team competed in a quick series of games with Northside and Sallisaw Monday, falling to Rickey Smith’s Lady Bears by 10 and blowing out the Black Diamonds. 


Coaches Angela Rushing and Chanlee Bottoms also coached younger squads Monday evening. 


Alma’s Presli Taylor drilled a trio of 3-pointers and Alma outscored Sallisaw, 20-2, en route to a 23-8 win with a twenty-minute running clock. 


Earlier, Alma dropped a 26-16 decision to host Northside. Mann liked what he saw. 


“Playing an elite program in the summer is good for us,” Mann said. “That’s the first time we’ve seen those kinds of athletes in a long time. For us, I thought the girls battled in both games. I thought against Northside the girls battled and competed.”


Mann hasn’t picked his starters for the 2022-23 season; the team doesn’t have all of its defensive sets, either. 


“I thought our girls did a really great job of competing and getting after it,” Mann said. 


Alma looked especially sharp during the team’s win over the Black Diamonds. 


“Sallisaw is going to be really good this year, too,” Mann said. “It was good to see us execute. We’ve worked really really hard with our press. There at the end, we sort of figured it out a little bit. Of course, it’s summer, I’m sure of all the games we’ve played, if we would have had more shots go down it would be different. I really wish we could play Northside, Sallisaw, and Greenwood weekly. I think it would be good for us.”


“They’ve (Northside) really helped learn about what we’re missing this summer,” Taylor said. “Losing two of our guards (Kenzie Rushing and Halyn Carmack) to graduation, we’re learning a lot about ourselves and our new team.”


Taylor helped Alma pull away from the Lady Diamonds with a trio of buckets. Earlier. Alma trailed Northside 11-4 before closing to within two thanks to baskets from Kiara Owens, Jaden Gramlick, and Taylor’s long 3-pointer.


“This is really good for us,” Taylor said. “We’re going to play good teams in our conference, and to be a good team you’ve got to beat the good teams.”