Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
Ask Hephzibah head coach Wendell Lofton about coaching 34 years at the same place and he'll give you a simple answer.
"I'm glad just to be able to walk and talk and teach and show the kids how to do it." said Lofton. "And they're responding real well."
Well, if you head to Hephzibah and into the gym named after Lofton, you'll find the Lady Rebels, getting ready to make a long playoff run. the team returns two great players in Aarika Judge and Kenya Drayton, plus a young group with tons of potential. Despite losing 5 seniors from last year's elite eight squad, that's not stopping these girls from dreaming of bringing home the school's second state championship in four years.
"Well, I'm real excited because people think we lost a lot by losing 5 seniors last year," said Judge. "But we have some up and coming talent that people don't know about so I'm really excited."
"I'm ready for it. It's my senior year and I just want to have fun this year," says Drayton. "I think we can win the state championship. We've just got to stay focused and continue to play hard."
And before the team opens their season next Monday at Glenn Hills, Drayton will sign to play college ball at West Georgia. Judge is still undecided on where she will attend.