Adams County Christian School’s Caitlyn Gamberi, left, avoids Central Private School’s Avery Flotte attempt to steal the ball while Shelby Mason of ACCS works to block Flotte in the second half of the girl’s junior varsity game Wednesday. ACCS defeated CPS 48-7 and remain undefeated in their season. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)
Adams County Christian School’s Caitlyn Gamberi, left, avoids Central Private School’s Avery Flotte attempt to steal the ball while Shelby Mason of ACCS works to block Flotte in the second half of the girl’s junior varsity game Wednesday. ACCS defeated CPS 48-7 and remain undefeated in their season. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)

ACCS junior varsity Lady Rebels 18-0 as team thrives off unity

Published 12:01am Friday, January 17, 2014

NATCHEZ — Having chemistry comes easy for the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels junior varsity basketball team, especially when the majority of the girls have been wearing the same team jersey since fourth grade.

And though this is Brandyn Hall’s first year as head coach of the junior varsity squad, she coached many of the Lady Rebels since they were in elementary school.

With many years of bonding under their belt, the Lady Rebels have managed to stay undefeated so far this season, honing an 18-0 record.

Hall said they got off to a quick start as the girls didn’t have to worry about adjusting to a new coach, as it turned out to be someone they have trusted for years

“They were really excited and they caught on really well because for most of them, I’m all they have ever known (as a coach),” Hall said. “They know what I expect from them.”

And the most important thing Hall said she expects from her players is to learn how to be good Christians.

“What I teach them now, I want them to be able to use in life,” Hall said. “Life is not all about basketball. Basketball can only take you so far. When people see them, I want them to see Jesus Christ.”

Freshman point guard Bailey Boyd said she likes that Hall coaches her beyond basketball.

“I like the way she puts God first,” she said.

Hall said their faith in God and confidence in their abilities has fueled their winning streak, but Boyd said there were some obstacles holding them back in the off season.

“Our conditioning had to get better,” she said,

As the Lady Rebels started training hard, they saw the results of their hard work early.

“We started noticing (we were good) when we had camp (last) summer and we started beating everybody,” Boyd said.

As the season began, Hall said her players showed they had a bond that was hard to come by.

“Our strength is our unity by far,” Hall said. “These girls are very unified, and we’re so blessed they’re like that because you don’t see that often. They all mesh together,”

Freshman Caitlyn Gamberi said she is happy the team gets along so well.

“It’s nice to have someone that is there for you no matter what, on and off the court,” she said.

But the Lady Rebels also found out overconfidence could sometimes be an issue, said Gamberi.

“Sometimes it’s hard to not play down to other team’s levels,” Gamberi said.

With just fives games until the district tournament; Hall said their goal is to repeat history.

“We won district last year, so we want a repeat this year,” Hall said. “We want to remain undefeated.”

The Lady Rebels will attempt to stay on the path to a district title as they face Amite School Center at 4 p.m. today.