Lanett Wins Second Straight 2A Basketball Championship
A season ago, the Lanett boys won the school’s first state basketball title.
A year later they did it again, winning back-to-back titles and becoming the first team in Chambers County to repeat.
“That means a lot,” said Jalen Madden. “We made history.”
“To come now at the end of my career and win one and turn around and win another one, what a way to end your career,” Coach Richard Carter said. “What a way.”
It’s Coach Carter’s second title in his forty-plus year career. The long-time head coach in Georgia and Alabama is nearing the end of his coaching career. As far as retirement goes, he’s not yet ready to throw in the towel.
“More than teaching them basketball, I teach them life skills,” Carter said. “When I find someone who can teach them that, then I’ll give it up. I think I’m gonna do it one more year.”
Expectations are extremely high for next year. The Panthers lose just two players and return a big group of guys who have no problem getting points in the paint.
Anquaevious Pollard and Emanuel Littles combined for 27 of Lanett’s 54 points, perfecting what they’ve been practicing all year.
“Coach always says we’re gonna work from the inside out,” Pollard said. “In practice, that’s how we work.”
“That’s what we did and it kept working,” added Littles. “Sometimes it gets hard but you gotta fight through it.”