High expectations surround the Darton state women.
Led by Georgia sports Hall-of-famer Lea Henry, the ladies have been in the region championship game the past two years.
Last season it was South Georgia tech who knocked them off in the title game. Those same lady Jets handed Darton their first region loss of the season on Wednesday. A huge shakeup for Henry's young squad who started 2016 with two 50-point wins.
"You gotta play different against the better teams," said coach Henry. "You got to take better care of the ball. you got to make shots. And I'm not really sure they got that until the game was over."
"I'm ready to get back to redeem ourselves," said Abrelyn Rackley. "We know we were better than what we played the last game."
Rackley is one of the veterans Henry will lean on to get the team back on track. The sophomore post transferred to Darton this year, and has faith in the lady who began her coaching career under Pat Summit at Tennessee.
"The feel that I get when I play with coach Henry," said Rackley. "Is as if I'm at a division 1 (program) because how hard she works us and how much expectation she has for us."
And those high marks were met when the Lady Cavs returned to the practice gym.
"Energy was much better," said coach Henry. "And focus was much better so hopefully losing a tough game like that will wake us up a little bit."
One player who has shined this season is Tyeshia Smith. Averaging just under 20 points and 10 rebounds, she has racked up double-doubles like her brother Demariyus Thomas reels in touchdown passes for the Broncos.
"She's a sophomore post player that's just been a great leader," reminded Henry. "And doing all the things we're asking."
"She had me switch to the 4 position," said Smith who is 17th in the nation in scoring. "And ever since then that's been my spot. Energy level was high. and we're ready to show that we're the best team in the conference."
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