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Bill Iezzi: Paulsboro's Fantastic Forward

Here we are, three days before the state group finals in girls' basketball, when most area teams have been eliminated, and who am I thinking about?

Bill Iezzi: Paulsboro's Fantastic Forward

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Here we are, three days before the state group finals in girls' basketball, when most area teams have been eliminated, and who am I thinking about?

Lavon Childress.

Childress, a Paulsboro forward, stands tall in my memory bank because I've never seen a big girl move better with and without the ball since I started covering Jersey high school sports in 2006.

Sure, I've seen some excellent tall girls in the last five years, but not big girls who can move their feet and hands the way Childress can.

Listed at 5-11, but more like 6 feet or more, Childress was an indominatable force against Salem in the South Jersey Group 1 final on March 9.

By the fourth period she had 24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, four blocks.

Unfortunately for Paulsboro, the big girl fouled out with 6 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the game. Paulsboro had a 41-33 lead at the time, but by the end Salem came back to win, 54-52.

The good news for Paulsboro is that Childress is only a junior.

 

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Bill Iezzi has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1985 and South Jersey sports since 2006.

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer high school sports reporter since 2004. He was named the 2007 media person of the year by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

Don Beideman has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1989. Among his favorites are field hockey and lacrosse.

Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Phil Anastasia has followed the South Jersey sports scene since 1980. A South Jersey native, Phil joined the Inquirer as a sports columnist in May 2008 after nearly 30 years with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill.

Marc Narducci has covered South Jersey high school sports for the majority of his tenure with The Inquirer, which began in 1983. After a few years of covering the NFL and NBA, Marc returns to South Jersey, serving as the assigning editor, columnist and beat writer for various sports.

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