Lake Taylor guard Janaiya Quinerly goes to the hoop against Maury (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
The Eastern District opened the basketball season Monday night, and Lake Taylor welcomed the occasion
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Lake Taylor girls head coach Saundra Sawyer has her hoops program rolling. The Lady Titans notched their fourth state championship last season with 61-29 win over Pulaski County just over eight months ago.
The Lake Taylor boys team fought to defend their 2018 state championship title, but the Titans lost to Louisa County in the second round of the playoffs. Louisa lost to GW-Danville in the 2019 state championship game.
On Monday night, both the Lake Taylor boys and girls teams tipped of the season. The Lake Taylor girls were victorious over Maury, 62-20.
“It’s like an early Christmas. I can’t wait to open up (the presents). I’m really excited,” Coach Sawyer explained after the win. “I like our personnel and what we’re putting together. We still have some work to do, but I’m excited.”
JaNaiya Quinerly returns for her junior season after averaging 20 points per game, 8 assists per game, 8 steals per game and 6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
“This young lady has put so much in since day one. When you see any athlete put that much work in, you always wish them the best. She’s a great leader on and off the floor. Everybody’s rallying around her,” said the coach.
Janaiya chipped in 6 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound and 3 steals in the win over Maury Monday night.
Quinerly isn’t the only star of the Titan team. Seniors Jordan Poole (12 PPG, 12 RPG, 6SPG) does more than her share of the heavy lifting, and Tania Trotman (5 PPG, 7 RPG) does her share as well. They’re well on their way to another title run, even though the season has just started.
The boys team weren’t as fortunate on Monday as the Titans fell to Norview by a score of 65-46. We’ll have an additional write up on the Lake Taylor-Norview game available shortly.
– Andy Hilton