The Story so far for Trojans
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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

The Story so far for Trojans

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Bill Kiser - /bkiser@charlotteobserver.com
Bandys’ Madi Story, who has committed to Appalachian State, led the Trojans to a 27-3 record and the 2A Western Regionals last season. A four-year starter, Story enters her final season with 1,630 career points.
  • FIVE TO WATCH Madi Story Bandys Sr., Guard, 6-0 Story – who will attend Appalachian State – averaged 18 points, 4.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game as a junior, leading the Trojans to a 27-3 record. A four-year starter, Story enters the season with 1,630 career points. Anteijah “Ace” Easter Bandys Sr., Guard, 5-8 Easter, who will play for Northwestern, transferred to Bandys for her senior season after averaging 25.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.7 assists at North Lincoln. Maya Cadwell Davidson Day Fr., Guard-forward, 5-11 Cadwell, named the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s player of the year last season, averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game for Davidson Day as an eighth-grader. Her high-scoring game as a senior was 30 points, and she earned all-state honors for her performance. There has already been Division 1 interest shown in Cadwell. Alexas Bradford Davidson Day Soph., Guard, 5-8 As a freshman, Bradford averaged 7.1 points, 2.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals a game for Davidson Day. She was named to the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s all-conference second team. Amber Sherrill Mooresville Jr., Guard, 5-7 Averaged 9.7 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game last season, and earned I-MECK 4A all-conference selection. Receiving interest from Division II schools.

Madi Story officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Appalachian State last week.

However, before she takes to the Mountaineers’ court, Madi can look forward to her senior year at Bandys, under first-year coach Kyle Moretz.

“It’s nice to have her on the team, just for the simple fact that it’s like having a coach on the basketball court,” Moretz said. “It makes my job a little bit easier that she’s out there managing the team, and I don’t have to try to control everything.”

Last season, Story, a four-year starter at point guard, led the Trojans to a 27-3 record, scoring 18 points and adding 4.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.

With 1,630 points in her career, Story is likely to pass the 2,000-point mark this season.

“She’s very smart, she’s athletic, and she works extremely hard,” Moretz said. “She’s one of the hardest workers that we have on the team. She knows how to get everybody involved. She makes everyone on the court better. She does a little bit of everything.”

Moretz stepped in to coach the Trojans this season after Madi’s father, Mark, who coached the team last season, took a job that conflicted with his coaching schedule.

After coaching the boys and girls junior varsity squads last season, Moretz was happy to take over the program.

“It’s been nice to have (Mark) as a resource,” Moretz said. “He knows a lot of the girls that I’m coaching now. He watched them grow up and knows their personalities, and I can bounce ideas off him and get honest feedback.”

Stepping away wasn’t an easy decision for Mark Story, especially with this being Madi’s senior season.

“(Not coaching is) only going to get tougher in the next few weeks, when they start playing,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. This will be the first year that I haven’t coached in a long time, so it’ll be different. But Kyle’s been working with us for a long time, and it worked out that he could take the job.”

The transition to a new coach, which can at times be difficult, has gone smoothly, according to Madi Story.

“It’s a transition, but it’s not bad,” she said. “It’s a little different. (Moretz) has been with the team for a while, and he and my father have the same philosophy and coaching style.”

After losing just one senior from last year’s team, expectations are high at Bandys.

“We have a good nucleus of girls to work with,” Moretz said. “We have a lot of upperclassmen on this team. We don’t have a ton of young girls, so I feel like we’re more experienced than a lot of other teams.

“My goal is that we reach our potential and that we continue to build on the success that we had last year. We have a great group of girls.”

Helping Story with some of the scoring this season will be North Lincoln transfer and Northwestern commit Anteijah Easter, whom everyone on the team calls “Ace.”

As a junior, Easter, who plays shooting guard, averaged 25.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.7 assists for North Lincoln.

“She’s real athletic and a strong competitor,” Story said. “When we played her, she was always someone we had to watch out for. She’s quick and has a nice vertical as well as a solid outside shot and can get to the basket.

“She’s a team player who’s not selfish and will always make that extra pass. I’m really excited to be able to play with her this year. I think having her will really help our team out.”

Also back are starters Haleigh Lackey, who averaged 13 points per game last season, and Sarah Goble, who averaged 10.

“I think we’re going to be pretty strong,” Story said. “We only lost one girl. I think if we just keep working hard in practice that we’ll go pretty far.”

Seth Lakso is a freelance writer for Mooresville News. Have a story idea for Seth? Email him at sethlakso@gmail.com .

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