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Warner Eagles Basketball Preview – Presented by CROSS

Warner Eagles

BOYS

Coach: Anthony Porter

20-21 Record: 7-13

Anthony Porter takes over the boys’ basketball program this year in Warner and looks forward to the return of two starters from last year. Landon Swallow (6-2, Sr.) was the leading scorer for the Eagles last year including one game in which he put in 30 points. Jace Jackson (5-11, So.) is the other returning starter but he and Swallow’s return to the hardwoods will be delayed somewhat due to the success of the Eagles football team this year. In addition, Porter will also have four players who saw a lot of action last year even though not full-time starters in Hayden McElyea (6-0, Sr.), Zachary Lee (5-11, Sr.), Jase McKenzie (5-11, Sr.) who Porter calls the best defensive player on the team as well as a strong rebounder, and Brennan Hummingbird (6-6, Sr.). Sophomores Adam Thompson (5-11) and Blake Ellis (6-5) will also be seeking some varsity playing time.

GIRLS

Coach: Mindi Peters

20-21 Record: 13-8

The Lady Eagles will be led by a pair of sophomores who played a big role in helping Warner make it to the area tournament last year. Alexis Fowler (5-7, So.) was the floor general for Warner last year averaging 12.3 points and four assists per game as the point guard. “Alexis had some big responsibilities that she tackled head-on and learned from last year,” said coach Mindi Peters. “This year she’ll be stepping into the shooting guard position, and we expect her to make a huge impact on both ends of the floor.” Harlie Chesser (5-6, So.) will also play out front again this season for the Lady Eagles where she added nearly 9.0 points a game last year. Taking Fowler’s spot at point guard this year will be another young pup in Jordan Jackson (5-4, Fr.). “Jordan will make an impact for us offensively and defensively. We look for her to be one of our leading scorers and leaders on the floor,” said Peters. Warner also returns a couple of players who saw playing time last year and should be valuable contributors this season. One of those is Kaylen Park (5-6, So.) who averaged three points a game in 2020. “Kaylen brings great energy to the game. She is the hardest worker in the room, coachable, and a great defender,” said Peters. Mattie Berry (5-9, Sr.) who played behind Jaylee Kindred in the middle last year will look for her time to shine in her senior year after averaging 4.5 points a game last season. “Mattie can beat people up and down the floor and is a great finisher at the basket,” said the Lady Eagles boss. Peters will also count on Tyla Fulbright (5-6, Jr.) and Chloe Bishop (5-4, Sr.) to provide contributions off the bench if they don’t break into the starting lineup. “This team is young, quick, can run the floor and shoots well and is a lot of fun to coach,” said Peters.

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