Dubs Girls Basketball: Hot off the (Full-Court) Press


Keeva Linton

In the Huddle: The girls are taking in coach’s game plan during a timeout.

With three games left in the season, the North Atlanta girl’s basketball team is leaving it all out on the court. With only two seniors, Lanier Beckham and Caili Holloway, the young squad has a lot to build on after what many will call a learning year. 

As of February 1, the Dubs have a record of 7-13 (3-6 in the region), with three players, freshman Ryelle Gomes, and sophomores Sienna Schettino and Bryanna Carson, scoring over 100 points on the season. When the team is at its best, ball movement is its biggest weapon. The backcourt duo of Schettino and Leela Langston run the offense with ease, finding the right play and open girl every time. On the other side of the ball, the Dubs hang their hat on the defensive side of the ball. With just three girls over the 6-foot mark, the girls rely on trapping the ball and scrappy defense to stop the opposing squad. “We take pride in our defense,” said Beckham. “We really developed our identity on that side of the ball.”

In a season with lots of ups and downs, the Dubs still managed to accomplish a lot. The biggest game of the year came against region rival South Cobb, where the Warriors, led by junior guard Mia Stimpson, were a problem on both sides of the ball. Stimpson took over, dropping 14 points, leading all scorers. The 61-15 win, was the girls’ largest win of the season, and one of the most lopsided victories in the region. “With all that we’ve been through this year, it meant a lot to get a dominant win,” said Stimpson. “It reminded us all of what we are capable of.”

With a highly-anticipated game against St. Pius, Head Coach William Credit wants the girls to end their season on the best note possible. For the seniors, they will be taking their last runs on the court, but for the rest, the last game is a chance to change the narrative going into next season. “I have stressed the importance of these types of games over and over,” said Credit. “All I want is for the girls to go out and have fun with it.” 

As the girls lace up their shoes and prepare for their final few, they know they are playing with house money. They have nothing to lose. Expect the shooters to shoot and the bigs to clash, as the Warriors are looking to wreak havoc and cause trouble to the Golden Lions when they find themselves in the North Atlanta gym.