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Hawk seniors complement strengths

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By Ron Benningfield

The three senior players on LaRue County High School’s basketball team complement each other’s strengths well, according to head coach Paul Childress.
Where one stands out on defense, the others show strong skills in free throw shooting or searing the nets with three-pointers.
Kyle Sheeran, averaging 18.3 points per game, is the long range sharpshooter, connecting on 38 percent of his trey attempts.
“He has been real consistent on the offensive end,” said Childress. “He’s also more disciplined with his shot selection.”
Sheeran, a 6-foot guard, has also shown himself to be a threat at the charity stripe, sinking 76 percent of his attempts. He’s pulling down rebounds at a 4.2 per game pace and averages 2.5 steals.
Kyle Meredith, who averages 8.3 points per encounter, plays string music at the free throw line 71 percent of the time. The 5-10 guard also hauls in an average of two rebounds and robs the opposing player of the ball 1.5 times per game.
“Kyle has stepped up his offensive game this year,” Childress said. “There were several games where we needed his scoring and got it.” Meredith has also become the Hawks’ number one defender when called upon to guard the opposing team’s best player.
The other senior, 6-1 forward Jonathan Firquin, is regaining his groove after sitting out the Christmas break with a knee injury. Before the mishap, Childress said Firquin started out really strong on the boards while providing the team with some good leadership.
Despite the injury, he’s averaging over three points and almost four rebounds per game.
The team also has two senior managers – Cedric King and Robert Benjamin.
“Cedric has been with our program for two years,” said Childress. “He has been a tremendous asset to our program, is very dependable and works extremely hard.”
Benjamin is in his first year as a student manager. The coach said he has caught on well and quickly to his role.
“He has helped in drills and gets along real well with all the players,” said Childress. “People don’t realize how valuable having good managers can be to the organization and to the continuity of a basketball program. They do a lot behind the scenes that no one sees that helps the team.”
The seniors will be recognized Senior Night Feb. 17 when the Hawks host Marion County.