Lady Tornadoes off to a hot start

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Purvis Tornadoes women’s basketball team is off to a hot start winning their first 15 games of the year. The Tornadoes are currently 16-1 with their lone loss to Oak Grove in the Lamar County Tournament Championship Game.

Head Coach Michael Thornton believes his team has what it takes to continue the year out strong. This year’s team expects big things from two of their seniors, but is mostly made up of underclassman.

“We are excited to start 15-0,” Thornton said. “The Oak Grove game was the toughest test thus far. We play a good number of people off the bench. Our depth and youth of the team has us in a great position starting off the season.

Sophomore Elise Jackson leads the Tornadoes with 12 points per game. With a smooth shot, the guard looks to be the go-to player on the offensive side of things. She also adds tough defense, averaging 3 steals per game.

Seniors Karson Suire and Brianna Lowe bring game-time experience to the young and talented roster. Averaging 16 points between the two, they’re heavily relied on in scoring through the offense.

Suire is averaging 3.9 steals per game and leading the team in assists. She has great ball-handling skills and can penetrate the defense and create opportunities as well as score on the drive. She is a three-time 7-4A division player.

“Our scoring is much more balanced this year,” Thornton said. That’s helped us be competitive and win some tough ball games this year.”

Junior Jaelyn Bass leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game, adding 5.6 points per game.

“I think if we stay strong and stay together as a team then we will finish the year out strong,” said Bass, a forward. “Coach expects us to hustle and give it our all. We believe in his system and work hard every day to achieve our goals.”

With a well-rounded team and a mixture of young talented players, as well as a couple of seniors, the Tornadoes look to continue the success they have started the season with.

District play starts Jan. 10 against Poplarville. The Lady Tornadoes head into district play with more wins than the other district schools.