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Dacula Girls Basketball Season Preview

Dacula’s Star Toomey

Dacula’s Star Toomey

COACH: Lori Fisher

2012-13 RECORD: 8-18

RETURNING REGULARS:

J’Nai Owens, 5-7, Sr.

Brittany Johnson, 6-0, Sr.

Faustine Aifuwa, 6-4, Soph.

Star Toomey, 6-1, Jr.

Jonnae Johnson, 5-7, Soph.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Angel Strickland, 5-8, Jr.

Samantha Atkinson, 5-4, Sr.

Amari Stewart, 5-9, Sr.

OUTLOOK: A year of learning and maturing should help the Falcons, who were hindered by turnovers and mental mistakes last season. They don’t like for height or talent with five regulars returning from last season. Dacula’s young team began playing its best late last season with a victory over Region 8-AAAAAA runner-up Archer near the regular season’s finish and a close first-round region tourney matchup with the Tigers. Inside play will be a strength again with 6-4 Faustine Aifuwa, 6-1 Star Toomey and 6-0 Brittany Johnson back in the lineup. Toomey ranked second in the county with 9.1 rebounds per game, while Aifuwa, still just a sophomore, averaged 8.9 boards last season. Jonnae Johnson and J’Nai Owens also contributed heavy minutes in 2012-13.

WORTH NOTING: Fisher’s eight-win season was Dacula’s most victories in a season since winning eight in 2009-10. The program hasn’t posted a winning season since the 2006-07 team went 16-11 and it hasn’t tallied a season with double-digit victories since going 11-15 in 2007-08. … Shot-blocking presences inside and excellent rebounding helped the Falcons become a stingy defensive team last season, but the offense must improve for them to reach the playoffs. They only topped the 50-point six times last season and only reached it once in their final 10 games. They were 6-0 when scoring 50 or more points last season.

FAST FACT: With six region victories in 2012-13, Dacula also showed its improvement. It won just four region games each of the previous two seasons.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 15 Lanier

Nov. 22 Mountain View

Nov. 25 North Cobb (boys), M.L. King (girls) at Johnson-Gainesville

Nov. 26 South Cobb at Johnson-Gainesville

Dec. 3 Grayson

Dec. 6 Berkmar

Dec. 7 at Archer

Dec. 10 at Central Gwinnett

Dec. 13 at Parkview

Dec. 16 at Brookwood

Dec. 27-28, 30 at Carolina Invitational in Charleston, S.C. (girls)

Dec. 27-28, 30 at Sunshine Classic Tournament in Daytona, Fla. (boys)

Jan. 3 Mill Creek

Jan. 4 at Mill Creek

Jan. 10 Archer

Jan. 11 Shiloh

Jan. 14 South Gwinnett

Jan. 17 at Grayson

Jan. 21 at Berkmar

Jan. 24 Central Gwinnett

Jan. 25 Parkview

Jan. 28 Brookwood

Feb. 4 at Shiloh

Feb. 7 at South Gwinnett