McGhee leads Winterboro in postseason
by Kelsey Floyd
MVP of the Class 1A, Area 7 tournament, all-around athlete and great student, you can expect nothing less from Winterboro’s Brittney McGhee.

“The tournament wasn’t easy,” McGhee said. “We battled real hard with a lot of great schools.”

The Bulldogs went up against two determined opponents, but one stuck out in McGhee’s mind.

“Fayetteville was warmed up and ready to go,” McGhee said. “We had to come out and do what we had to do.”

First year coach Sheroderick Smith was impressed with the way the junior performed last weekend.

“Honestly, Brittney had a lights-out game,” Smith said. “When she started getting in to her element, she couldn’t be stopped.”

Winterboro defeated Fayetteville in four sets in the finals to claim the area victory.

“In the end, we came out and won,” she added, “because we stayed positive and focused. We’ve been trying to beat them for a long time, and it felt great.”

McGhee, a junior, has been a volleyball captain since she was in her ninth-grade year.

She has played pretty much every position on the court. Smith believes that McGhee is better when she is attacking the net.

“Brittney’s biggest asset is attacking,” Smith said. “The more she starts attacking and scoring, the more her confidence will boost. All the things that I saw that were negative, she turned into positive in the match against Fayetteville. The team kind of rallied around her. If there ever was a time to peak, she did it at the right time.”

McGhee has been playing volleyball for five years. And said that she enjoys every minute of it.

“My sister played before I did,” McGhee said. “She’s the one who really brought me into being a big volleyball fan in the first place. Softball is big in my family, but volleyball is, too.”

McGhee mentioned that her mother and more of her family members had played before her, and that’s really what sparked interest.

McGhee has her priorities in order. She knows that books and ball go hand-in-hand.

“I know that I have to do school first before I play volleyball,” she added. “If I can’t do school, I can’t do volleyball.”
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