Trio of Lady Canes score milestones
by David Royal
Jan 09, 2013 | 814 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three Lady Purple Hurricane stars have eclipsed statistical milestones this season and their high school basketball coach says they are poised for even bigger things.

The three are Kaelyn Irby, the Lady Canes’ point guard who has scored more than 1,000 points; Stefanie Will, a shooting guard who has dropped in more than 500 points; and Jazmine Baldwin, a center who has tallied 200 rebounds as well as 200 points.

Coach Cindy Moore said all three have made their mark on this year’s team, which currently sports an 8-5 overall record with its last three victories in a row.

“Kaelyn has scored 1,093 points,” she said. “I believe she’s about the fifth Lady Cane to score that many points.”

Moore said Irby, a junior, has totaled the points over two and a half years and still has about a year and a half left in which to continue scaling the statistical heights at the school.

“Certainly having a junior with a year and a half to go in her career with already 1,000 points is a nice accomplishment. She should be in a pretty exclusive club when she’s done.”

Moore said Irby scores in a variety of ways.

“She’s very versatile. She can score so many ways. Obviously she scores a lot with her penetration, scores off steals and also her shots from the outside.”

The coach said Will also can sink her buckets in a variety of ways.

“Stefanie is leading us in 3s this season,” Moore said. “She has scored 568 so far and I feel great about her taking steps getting to that 1,000-point plateau. It may seem a long away but she does so many things to give herself a chance to put points on the board.

“Stefanie also creates things off her defense and she can penetrate and also mixes it up when that’s needed.”

Moore said Will, another junior, also gets down the court in a hurry and is one of the outlets for Irby on a fast break.

“Kaelyn can pass the ball with such precision and the two just feed off one another. You can see why they have scored more than 1600 points between them in two and half years.”

“When they are playing well, it means good things usually are happening for us.”

Moore said Baldwin, a senior, is making her presence known both with scoring and rebounding.

“It’s a great thing having a player being able to do both,” the coach said. “She can score for us and then can bang inside and get the rebounds. When you can do both equally, it says something about her work ethic.”

Moore said the Lady Canes as a team have benefitted from their contributions.

“When you have three players doing good things statistically, that generally translates into wins, and we’re excited about their play.”

Cartersville has played 13 games this season and has 10 regular-season games remaining on its schedule this year, with region and state playoffs a possibility.

The Canes last played Gordon Central on Tuesday, winning 51-35.

They next play Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe at home Friday. Tipoff for the game is scheduled at 7 p.m.