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Dee Granger excited about first season coaching CA Lady Colonels

Granger returned to her alma mater four years ago after giving up a successful career in the corporate world. She is married to Derrel Granger, city president of the Bank of the South in Hazlehurst.  They are the parents of two sons: 14-year-old Drew and 6-year-old Spence. And now she is embarking on her first season as CA varsity girls basketball coach after serving several years as an assistant for longtime coach Mitch Mitchell.
    “About a month ago, we took a piece of poster board and a magic marker and made a list of goals for our team,” said Granger in a telephone interview recently. “One of those is to develop a sense of togetherness as a team both on and off the court.”
She also expects her Lady Colonels to be aggressive on defense. “A better defense can be your best offense,” she remarked. “Another one of our goals is to get back to South State – and win it!” These and other team goals are posted in the locker room.
“The girls have had a great attitude,” said Granger. “They have worked really hard, and we can count on any of them at any time to do what it takes to win.” She is confident that their hard work will pay off once the season gets underway.
“We don’t have a lot of size,” she noted. “So we’re going to have to take advantage of our speed and athletic ability.”
Caroline Beach, who was sidelined with a knee injury last year, and Emily Fahner are the only seniors. Both are projected starters along with juniors Amanda Pyron and Ashley Baham, and sophomore Madeline Cline.
Junior Heather Teasley is considered the team’s defensive specialist, according to Granger. Others on the squad are sophomores Rachel Strait, Lori Baham, Katie Vanlandingham, and Brooke Wilson. All ten girls are slated to see plenty of action.
Copiah Academy is in District 4-AA along with Prentiss Christian School, Brookhaven Academy, Columbia Academy, and Simpson Academy. “Brookhaven is always going to be Brookhaven,” said Granger, who projects the Lady Cougars as the team to beat. “But I expect us and Columbia to challenge in the district too.”
The Lady Colonels participated in a jamboree last Saturday, where they won over public school teams from Enterprise and Wesson. The 2007-2008 season officially begins next week when Copiah Academy hosts the Lady Colonel Classic.
Games are scheduled for October 29 through November 3. CA will play Simpson Academy on Tuesday evening, Jackson Prep on Thursday, and Wesson High School on Saturday.

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