HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Turning Page loose in games
Published: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 12:37 a.m.
Coming into this season, Lafayette junior point guard Cody Page knew the team was going to be relying on him more than in his first two years.
Page is the only returning starter from last year's squad, so he took it upon himself to jump into the leadership role. It began over the summer when he traveled to Ohio with Team Florida - a 16-and-under AAU team. And then, as the school year began, Page worked out and practiced his shot every day before school by himself.
"Last year we didn't count on (Page) to score that much," Lafayette head coach Derek Garland said of Page, who averaged 3.0 and 12.0 points-per-game as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. "This year he knew he was going to have to, so he stepped it up a lot."
So far this season, Page has shown that he is more than capable averaging, 18.0 points-per-game.
He is leading the team in every statistical category except rebounds. As a point guard, he's leading the team with three blocks per game.
The 11th-grader scored 34 points and had 10 rebounds, eight steals and eight assists in two games last week.
"Sometimes we want him to shoot a little more than he does," Garland said. "If you let (Page) go, he's a little too unselfish sometimes."
With the loss of his entire starting lineup except Page, Garland knew his team (5-8) would have to step it up collectively in order to win. After a tough start, he is confident as districts get closer, but Page will be the key factor.
"We have to keep improving and hope that we're playing our best as the postseason comes up," Garland said. "Because we're young, we just want to improve every game."
And it starts this week as Lafayette will close out its district schedule with three road games against Bell, Trenton and Hamilton.
- The junior point guard scored 32 points and had 11 assists and seven steals in two district wins over Newberry and Dunnellon.
- The freshman forward scored six goals in three games.
Kendric Williams, Columbia - In two district wins over Jacksonville Lee and Jacksonville Paxon, Williams averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 assists, six rebounds, and three steals.
Max Hoggard, P.K. Yonge - The senior forward averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in three games last week.
Jean Thomas, Oak Hall - The senior shooting guard scored 30 points and had eight rebounds and seven assists in two games.
Zack Woolsey and Darrel Dees, Bell - The two seniors combined for 81 points and 72 rebounds in three games.
Sharnae Ivery, Eastside - The sophomore swing player averaged nine points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists in three wins off the bench.
Kittery Neale, Oak Hall - The senior scored 71 points in three games last week.
Laquenda Ward, Chiefland - The junior shooting guard had 39 points, 30 rebounds, seven assists and 10 steals in three games last week.
Nikki Collins, Buchholz - Collins scored two goals and had two assists, bringing her total to 22 goals and three assists for the year.
Lauren Dwyer, Buchholz - Dwyer had three goals and three assists in the Queen of Kings tournament.
Olivia Scarborough, Oak Hall - The sophomore defender played strong defense last week.
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