With Bria Wallace gone to Albany State to play softball, the Colquitt County girls basketball team is looking for a floor leader to take her place.
Saturday’s 3 p.m. scrimmage at Spalding High in Griffin could be the first step in that direction.
“She left some big shoes to fill,” Lady Packers coach Rondesha Williams said on Thursday before the Lady Packers practice at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.
The Lady Packers, coming off an 18-8 record last season, have several veteran players returning and played 35 games and went to three camps over the summer.
The scrimmage will be the final tuneup before the 2011-2012 season begins on Nov. 25-26 in the Darton Shootout in Albany.
Among the veterans Williams will count on this season are Kwantesha Love, Kenisha Seay, Maranda Trim, Makeba Ponder and Natalie Griffin.
Williams said she is looking forward to seeing how JaNice Sailor, Ashley Henry and Shakhila Harry develop.
Cheyenne Reynolds, who missed last season after undergoing knee surgery, should add some size under the basket.
With Reynolds and Griffin, the Packers should not get pushed around in the paint.
“We’ll have two big post players,” Williams said.
Griffin showed glimpses of her potential last year.
“She’s very aggressive, she sets picks and she rebounds,” Williams said. “She has worked hard and turned herself into a basketball player.”
Ponder was one of South Georgia’s top freshmen players last year and is expected to be even better this year.
“She’s an exciting kid to watch,” Williams said.
Henry also has got the attention of her coach.
“She played great defense this summer,” she said.
Williams termed the scrimmage against the Lady Jaguars as an MRI that she will go over once the team returns to Moultrie.
“They’ll press us and play us man-to-man,” she said. “That will help get us ready for the season.
“When we come back, we’ll know what we need to work on.”
One thing that has pleased Williams is that there are now 31 girls in the program in grades 9 through 12.
“And we’ve got a good group of sixth- and seventh-grade girls,” she said.
“If they stay together, they have a chance to be something special.”
Williams said all four of last year’s seniors are attending college this fall, with Jordan Boyd attending Georgia Southern, Ketoria Peterson going to Georgia Perimeter and Brittany Taylor playing basketball at Indian River Junior College.
Williams urged fans to attend the Nov. 19 Packer Madness event, which will be begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Espy Gymnasium.
Scrimmages games will be played by the seventh-grade, eight-grade, ninth-grade, JV and varsity girls and boys basketball teams. Admission is $2. Cheerleaders will be on hand and prizes will be awarded.