Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Green Wave girls’ basketball team has some new faces, but its identity hasn’t changed.
Despite having to replace three major contributors who graduated in the spring, Summerville coach Matt Legare is optimistic about the approaching season.
“Each one of them brought something different to the table that we are trying to find a way to replace,” Legare said. “We won’t be able to replace them as individuals, but I think we have some kids who are ready to step up. We have good leadership and a lot of speed. With some of our kids coming up from the JV being so athletic, I think our personality will stay in place this year. We are working hard and getting ready to play our brand of basketball.”
Guards Tinara Brown, Ashley Green and Kwanza Murray all returned this year and Legare says they have shown the same tenacity that made the Green Wave an explosive team last year. Brown and Green both have experience playing point. Murray can also play in the post and typically finished among the team’s leading scorers throughout last season.
Returning senior JaKaylah Ravenell also brings great athleticism to the guard position.
Zuri Green, who provided some quality play off the bench last year, is looking to be a big force inside for the Wave both offensively and defensively.
Returners Chelsi Anderson and Michelle Padgett, along with newcomers Rodnesha Capers and D’Alexis Aldridge, give the team good depth at the post.
Heather Chapman, Gabrielle Stewart and Kyonia Howard are others new to the team. Chapman is a transfer student from Ohio while the others played for the Summerville JV last year.
“The one big surprise has been Heather Chapman,” Legare said. “She can help us out at any spot on the floor and has a good work ethic. Tinara is basically a fifth-year veteran who plays as hard as anyone. She really helps keep everything glued together. JaKaylah is really starting to come into her own both as a player and a leader. I have a lot of good kids. I know I can put any of them on the court and count on them.”
Last season Colleton County won the region with Summerville finishing second. They enter this season as the main contenders, but Legare is expecting the region to be tough.
“I expect Fort to be much improved and I know they are working hard over at Ashley Ridge,” Legare said. “Bluffton is very athletic so they will give some teams a fit. Colleton County may be one of best teams in the state. It should be an exciting region race.”
One thing Summerville has going for it is that many of its players are skilled enough to play more than one position.
“This team is versatile,” Legare said. “That combined with our style of play should make us hard to handle. I’m excited about this group.”
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