Rally for Roderick

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By: Jason Khan
March 1, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The Thomasville girls basketball team hasn't practiced at Valdosta State all season. But, for two days this week, head coach Thomas McAboy wanted to give his team a feel for the state semifinals.

This is even new to Jacqkeria Dunbar who is one of three seniors with four years of varsity experience. This is the farthest the seniors have gone in the playoffs during their time at the school.

But all season long Dunbar has dribbled with a broken heart.

"Everything I do I want to make him happy. So, it means a lot," she said.

Dunbar's father, Roderick, died of a heart attacked five months ago at 41 years old.

"He would be very happy," Dunbar said. "He loved to travel and watch us play and stuff."

"That's our teammate and just to see her out there playing it's great because we know her dad would've wanted that for her," senior guard Khabriyah Brown said.

The Lady Bulldogs are 26-2. That's 14 wins better than last season. The loss of Roderick has been their rallying cry.

"It's already been a great year," said McAboy, who is in his fourth year at the helm. "And I know that he would have loved to have seen her senior year and everything that she's accomplished."

Although her father is not on the court with her, Dunbar knows what he expects.

"To be state champs," she said.

And with two more wins, that's exactly what they'll be.

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