A.C. Flora has been blessed with a parade of outstanding players over the past six years or so, but the Falcons will have to do it by committee this time around.
“We’re a small, scrappy team, but that means we must take care of ball, create turnovers, take advantage of any transition opportunities,” said veteran coach Patti Moore. “We may not be pretty, but we play hard.”
The veteran core of the team features sophomore Kyeshia Dawkins, senior Bria Kitt, junior Simoy Evans and senior Alexis Jacobs, while junior Allie Gaddis and senior Genesis Smith 5-7 will be asked to step it up after playing bit parts last season. Eighth-grader Hanniyah Howard is a youngster to watch.
The Falcons finished in a three-way tie for first place in Region 3-3A last season. ACF moves to Region 5 this year along with Lower Richland and Chapin.
“It should be tight race,” said Moore. “LR, Dreher, Airport and Flora should contend for playoff spots with Chapin and Brookland-Cayce and Midland Valley being able to throw a monkey wrench in at any time.”
Moore boasts a 308-194 record in 24 seasons as a head coach, the last 18 at Flora.