The Italy Lady Gladiators “SWISH” their fans a Merry Christmas! — Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards, along with the Italy Lady Gladiators basketball players, would like to wish all their fans a Merry Christmas! Top row: Khadija Davis, Mary Tate, Chante Birdsong, Lacie Lopez, Brianna Burkhalter and Nikki Brashear Middle row: Danyelle Baugher, Coach Stacy McDonald, Destani Anderson, Maria Luna, Coach Tina Richards, Sa’Kendra Norwood Bottom row: Kaitlyn Rossa, Kyonne Birdsong, Alyssa Richards, Jaleecia Fleming, Megan Richards, Jameka Copeland and Jimesha Reed. (Barry Byers)
Can’t stop Chante — Chante Birdsong(5) scores 2 of her 17-points against Aquilla as Nikki Brashear(40) and Brianna Burkhalter(22) move in.
Chante has range — The fearless Chante Birdsong(5) shows her range.
Burkhalter banks one — Brianna Burkhalter(22) scores inside against Aquilla.
Birdsong fast breaks — Mary Tate(11) holds Aquilla back while Chante Birdsong(5) scores again.
Brianna goes up — Brianna Burkhalter(22) goes up strong over the Lady Cougars as Lacie Lopez(10) tries to get to the boards.
Burkhalter brings it — Brianna Burkhalter(22) shoots a free throw while Mary Tate(11) leans in.
Birdsong finishes — Chante Birdsong(5) attacks the Lady Cougars defense.
Khadija shoots — Khadija Davis gets the shot up against Aquilla finishing with 4-points in the game.
Tate for two — In the midst of a big-time defensive performance, Mary Tate(11) shows she has offensive skills as she shoots over a Lady Cougar.
Baugher battles — Danyelle Baugher(2) battles for 2-points against Aquilla.
Chante scores — Chante Birdsong(5) puts in 2 more for the Italy JV Lady Gladiators.
JV gift wraps a win — Italy JV Coach Tina Richards has her team playing at a high level going into the Holiday break.
Alyssa shoots inside — Alyssa Richards(24) rises for a shot against Aquilla.
Rossa on another level — Italy’s Kaitlyn Rossa(3) has elevated her game for the 2009-2010 season.
Fleming pump fakes — Jaleecia Fleming(32) fakes the shot and then banks it in for 2 of her 8-points against Aquilla.
Birthday Girl scores — Kyonne Birdsong celebrates her birthday by swishing a 3-pointer over the Aquilla Lady Cougars.
Rossa attacks — Kaitlyn Rossa(3) finished off the Lady Cougars after Italy’s Jimesha Reed left the game to ice her sore knee.
Sportsgirlship — The Lady Gladiators and the Aquilla Lady Cougars offer their hands in a show of good sportsgirlship.
Happy Birthday! — Italy’s Kyonne Birdsong(10) (on the left) gets congratulations for swishing a 3-pointer on her birthday from teammate Jameka Copeland(5) after the game.
Sugar, spice and ice — Even though she had to take an early exit from the game to ice her knee, Italy’s Jimesha Reed(40) was happy that her teammates finished strong and shared a smile with Jameka Copeland(5) afterwards.
5 reasons to watch — Jameka Copeland shows off her #5 Lady Gladiator jersey that she plans on making famous. She can dribble, pass, shoot, score and lead…watch out for #5!