Starkville Lady Jacket seniors Kelsye Reed (24) and Kasey Jett (10) have contributed to the success of the team this season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Kelsye Reed banging inside and getting rebounds with Kasey Jett playing defense and getting steals.
That's come to be expected out of the two seniors who play for the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets.
Reed and Jett have helped the Lady Jackets to records of 13-6 overall and 4-1 in Class 5A, Region 2.
Starkville girls coach Kristie Williams said the team wouldn't be having the success it is without the senior pair.
"I can't say enough about their leadership and how hard they do work," Williams said. "It's a blessing to have two great people on the team that don't mind doing the little things."
Reed and Jett, along with the two senior Jackets of Ravonte' Gandy and Avonte' Amos, played their final home games tonight against Canton.
Williams has watched Reed and Jett grow and mature since she first had them as 7th graders.
The value they have for the SHS girls goes beyond what can be seen in the score book.
"They don't have to score," Williams said. "Kelsye rebounds with the best of them. She may not score a bucket, but she does the little things for us and it's the same with Kasey Jett. She may not score, but she'll play defense and gets a steal. It's the intangibles they bring to the game that are the keys to our victory every night."
The experience that Gandy and Amos provide the Jackets is something not lost with coach Greg Carter.
When there's something that needs to be said out on the court, Carter can usually count on either Gandy or Amos to communicate a message.
"Those guys have been around a long time," Carter said. "They know exactly what I expect and they make sure to convey that to everyone else on the team.
"Most of the time on the court, they are the only one's talking and trying to get everyone else more vocal."
Gandy has been in and out of the lineup throughout the season with various injuries.
Carter can tell it has been tough on him not being able to play, but appreciates the contributions he's made.
"He has a great attitude and doesn't stop playing," Carter said.
Amos has emerged as a scoring option at times for SHS, but it's not always points that Carter expects.
"On a nightly basis, (we need for Amos to be) rebounding and making good decisions on the court," Carter said. "He's grown and gotten a lot better as the season has gone along. Up until this season, he hasn't really played. He's been asked to do a lot and it has been a little tough on him at times because he doesn't have the experience. It's like being one of the younger guys, but it's different because he's older and you expect more out of him because he's older."
Carter said tonight will be special in honoring Gandy and Amos for the sacrifices they've made for SHS.
"It's always emotional on senior night for guys who have been around and seeing them play their last home game," Carter said.
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