New Albany Lady Bulldogs begin basketball without Spears

NA Girls Coach John Stroud

NA Girls Coach John Stroud


The New Albany Lady Bulldogs had the luxury of Jazmine Spears for five successful seasons, however Spears has not graduated and Coach John Stroud must now find a leader and scorer to pick up his 2013-14 edition of basketball. Coach John Stroud opened his interview by saying “Well, life after Spears, this is a new team and we need to find a new scorer.”
Coach Stroud will look to senior Erin Michael Carter and sophomore Kayla Parker to score this year. “They are both really good shooters and can score points when they have to, so we’ll be looking to them to score for us. We’ve got some other players, Toy Taylor is our point guard and Jazzmine Williams is a freshman who had 14 points in her first game and we were pleased with her. Anna Frances Stroud had ten rebounds in the first game and with her size we look for her to get some rebounds for us.”
“We’ve got some players that can contribute and help, so it’s not going to be a total makeover or start over type season for us. We’re starting two seniors and three juniors, so these girls have played the last two seasons, so they have the experience. These girls have been around the program and they know what to do. We’ve just got to get some production out of them now.”
Coach Stroud will have a starting lineup of Erin Michael Carter, Toy Taylor, Kayla Parker, Anna Frances Stroud and Emma Wilson.
One late addition Coach Stroud mentioned was Samantha Bridges, who is sidelined with a hip injury until after Thanksgiving. Stroud said “She’s going to be a really good addition to our team, she’s a great outside shooter and a good ball-handler.”
Coach Stroud said that the schedule is pretty much the same as last year and the toughness of the opponents depended on what each team has coming back this year. Ripley moves into division this season and Coach Stroud mentioned them saying “Ripley will probably be picked to win our division. We picked up Ripley and Byhalia in division and Byhalia has a girls that has already committed to play at Ole Miss next year, so she’s a great player. We’ve got Ripley in a home and home setting and that will be a difficult situation. We’ll be competitive and it’s going to be a really good division, so we’ll just see what happens.”

New Albany Lady Bulldogs Roster
23 Lauren Boyd Sr.
12 Samantha Bridges So.
5 Erin Michael Carter Sr.
10 Tashonda Caviness Fr.
55 Ashlyn Crockett So.
25 Drusilla Crockett Jr.
14 Lauren Dunlap So.
44 Oceana Finley So.
11 Jazzmine McWilliams Fr.
30 Kayla Parker So.
24 Terrica Smith Fr.
45 Anna Frances Stroud Jr.
21 Toyneisha Taylor Sr.
15 Grace Thompson Fr.
42 Emma Wilson Jr.

Nov 9th, 2013 (Sat)
NAHS vs. Falkner @ Ripley Girls Classic
Nov 15th, 2013 (Fri)
NAHS vs. Myrtle; Memorial Gym
Nov 19th, 2013 (Tue)
NAHS @ Ingomar
Nov 23rd, 2013 (Sat)
NAHS vs. Columbus; Memorial Gym; Girls-3 pm & Boys-4:30 pm
Nov 26th, 2013 (Tue)
NAHS @ Lewisburg
Dec 3rd, 2013 (Tue)
NAHS vs. Ingomar; Memorial Gym
Dec 6th, 2013 (Fri)
NAHS @ Myrtle
Dec 10th, 2013 (Tue)
NAHS vs. Byhalia; Memorial Gym; Division Game
Dec 13th, 2013 (Fri)
NAHS @ Ripley; Divison Game
Dec 14th, 2013 (Sat)
NAHS Boys @ Biggersville Boys Classic
Dec 20th, 2013 (Fri)
NAHS vs. Senatobia; Memorial Gym; Divison Game
Dec 28th, 2013 (Sat) 3:00 PM
NAHS vs. Mooreville; Memorial Gym
Jan 3rd, 2014 (Fri)
NAHS @ Hickory Flat
Jan 4th, 2014 (Sat)
Renasant Girls Classic; Memorial Gym
Jan 7th, 2014 (Tue)
NAHS vs. Pontotoc; Memorial Gym
Jan 10th, 2014 (Fri)
NAHS @ Lafayette; Division Game
Jan 14th, 2014 (Tue)
NAHS @ Rosa Fort; Division Game
Jan 16th, 2014 (Thu) — Jan 18th, 2014 (Sat)
Union County Tournament @ East Union
Jan 21st, 2014 (Tue)
NAHS @ Byhalia; Division Game
Jan 24th, 2014 (Fri)
NAHS vs. Ripley; Memorial Gym; Division Game
Jan 25th, 2014 (Sat)
Hotbed Classic (Boys Only); Memorial Gym
Jan 28th, 2014 (Tue)
NAHS vs. Lafayette; Memorial Gym; Divison Game
Jan 31st, 2014 (Fri)
NAHS vs. Rosa Fort; Memorial Gym; Division Game
Feb 4th, 2014 (Tue)
NAHS @ Senatobia; Divison Game
Feb 11th, 2014 (Tue)
NAHS vs. Olive Branch; Memorial Gym
Feb 13th, 2014 (Thu)
NAHS @ North Pontotoc
Feb 18th, 2014 (Tue) — Feb 21st, 2014 (Fri)
Division Tournament @ Senatobia

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.