Gator Basketball Continues to Dominate on the Court and Make Headlines in the Paper

The Laurel Gators basketball team continues to impress on the court with a current 14-3 record.
The team has recently ranked fifth in Division II in an Associated Press state girls basketball poll, which is based on votes from writers across the state.
The Gators have been included in a slew of recent coverage including a January 21 story about up and coming Ninth Grade players, which states that, "Laurel has unquestionably the area's strongest group of freshmen, both numerically and talent-wise. Last year the team was a district finalist, posting a record of 19-6, and almost the entire team returned. But this class of freshmen has pushed the program to the level of being a contender for a state title. It all starts with 5-foot-10 guard Mari Bickley, who is being recruited nationally. Bickley is averaging 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Gators. Also starting is Kendall Braaten, the daughter of former Berea-Midpark coach Kevin Braaten. She is a dynamite outside shooter (47% on 3-pointers) and averages eight points and four rebounds per game. The other freshmen in the rotation are Tess Conroy, Margaret Jones and Autumn Taylor."
In addition, Taylor Thierry '21 and Haley Thierry '21 were also featured in a story highlighting their carrying on the lineage of an athletically gifted family. The piece talks about their late father, an NFL player, who worked tirelessly with the girls to hone their basketball skills and love for the game. "Thus far in their two-plus years at Laurel, the Thierrys have led the Gators to a 52-11 record, something not even [coach Tim] McMahon could have predicted when he first saw them in a gym."
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