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Wolverines Looking to Improve, Make Playoffs During Second Half of Season

Sports Writer

Photo by Eddy Gifford – Kade Pardue gets off a shot in recent action for the Wolverines. The team has been working hard during the Christmas break getting ready for the remainder of the season and looking to secure a playoff spot.

The Dade County High School Wolverine basketball team currently stands 4-7 on the season, 2-2 in region play, and are looking to improve in the second half of the season as they continue to learn the system of new Wolverine coach Kevin Templeton.

“We are making progress but have lacked consistency. It’s a process. Obviously, we want to win games but the most important thing is to improve. We need to get better so we can play our best ball at tournament time,” coach Templeton said.

Templeton added, “We need to improve our defense and cut turnovers. Our free throw shooting also has hurt us in numerous games.”

So far, the team has been led by two seniors, Brody Cooper and Levi Moreland, with sophomore Braydan Jones showing a lot of potential with 27 points at Coosa and 24 points against Dalton Academy.

Early season highlights for the Wolverines include a big first round win at the Sale Creek tournament against Tennessee Christian. Dade trailed by 11 points after three quarters. Sparked by junior Ben Williams’ seven fourth-quarter points, the Wolverines outscored the Hawks 27-5 to secure a 57-46 win.

Williams finished with a career high nine points and four rebounds.

The Wolverines resumed play on Friday (after this week’s early deadline) and travels to Darlington to resume region play on Jan. 6.

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