Originally created 11/27/03

South Carolina Independent girls basketball capsules


AIKEN CHRISTIAN COACH: John Kolmar, fifth year

2002 RECORD: 10-11

RETURNING STARTERS: F Rachel Smalley (Sr., 5-7); G Melanie Smalley (Soph., 5-4)

OUTLOOK: The team's leading scorer from last year - Mary Etterle - graduated, and Aiken Christian will have a tough time filling her void. The forward and center positions are strong, but the squad will lack depth.

COACH: Keith Walton, second year

2002 RECORD: 9-13

RETURNING STARTERS: G Virginia Wright (Sr., 5-10)

OUTLOOK: Point guard Jordan Little will help Augusta Christian with its back-court play. But the squad will be young - four of the projected starters will be sophomores.

COACH: Kevin Furtado, fourth year

2002 RECORD: 16-9

RETURNING STARTERS: G Abby Alexander (Jr., 5-3, 125); C Mary Hannah Lynn (Jr., 5-7, 150), F Katelyn Gibbs (Jr., 5-6, 140), G Caroline Hull (Jr., 5-3, 135)

OUTLOOK: The team lacks height, but should be tough and quick on defense. The team has no senior leadership after losing Rebecca Smith and Stevie Odom to graduation. A quick, pressure defense from Augusta Prep will be tough for opponents to handle.

COACH: Edwin Cook, fourth year

2002 RECORD: 24-6

RETURNING STARTERS: G Amy Jones (Sr., 5-7, 115); F Faran Veal (Sr., 5-4, 118), G Holly West (Jr., 5-6, 110), G Jessica Jolley (Fr., 5-3, 115)

OUTLOOK: After winning the GISA AAA state title in 2001, and reaching the state quarterfinals in their first year in GISA Region 1-AA, Jones and Veal could close out their high school careers with another state title.

COACH: Clayton Parish, eighth year

2002 RECORD: 24-7

RETURNING STARTERS: G Anne Wills (Jr., 5-6, 125); C Linda Nutial (Sr., 5-8, 135)

OUTLOOK: The Lady Buccaneers don't have much height, and that will hurt with regards to post play and rebounding. They have speed and experience, and with Wills - who averaged 16.1 points and 4.6 assists per game last year - Briarwood will have a good chance at a region title.

COACH: Hugh McKie, first year

2002 RECORD: not available

RETURNING STARTERS: G Jessica Bass (Jr., 5-6)

OUTLOOK: Bass will have to be big for the Lady Crusaders to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

COACH: Brent Cribb, fourth year

2002 RECORD: 6-16

RETURNING STARTERS: F Megan Chandler (Jr., 5-11); G Tara Lewis (Sr., 5-5)

OUTLOOK: Edmund Burke will be inexperienced at point guard, but it should have depth and pretty good size (four players stand 5-foot-10 or taller).

COACH: Bob Peck, sixth year

2002 RECORD: 15-10

RETURNING STARTERS: G Kristin Harris (Sr.); F Faren Rachels (Jr.)

OUTLOOK: The loss of Hillary Hollis - the team's leading scorer last season and a strong defensive player - will be tough to overcome. But Rachels returns to grab rebounds, and the Lady Rebels should return to the playoffs.

COACH: Heather Lindsey, third year

2002 RECORD: not available

RETURNING STARTERS: PG Katie Dale (Jr., 5-7); G Amy Gilmore (Jr., 5-6); G Mandy Smith (Jr., 5-6); F Katy Williford (Soph., 5-10)

OUTLOOK: Thomas Jefferson will have to replace the production of Jacyln Perdue (14 points, 12 rebounds last year), but the first, the squad will have to overcome its youth. A good attitude will help Thomas Jefferson get back to the playoffs.

COACH: Dennis Gibson, 10th year

2002 RECORD: 13-1

RETURNING STARTERS: G Kaylee Beck (Soph., 5-8); F Caroline Yarborough (Jr., 5-11); F Carrie Salley (Jr., 5-10); G Becca Balentine (Soph., 5-7)

OUTLOOK: Gibson isn't quite sure how this season will play out. The Lady Patriots won't play any seniors, so if they do suffer a down year, they can look forward to the next few seasons.

COACH: Greg Wise, first year

2002 RECORD: 0-24

RETURNING STARTERS: F Katie Ames (Sr., 5-8); G Mary Ford (Soph., 5-4)

OUTLOOK: Last season was a disaster, but the Lady Wildcats should improve this season. They didn't lose anybody from last year's squad, and although Westminster will be young, it should be quick on the court.

The following schools did not submit information: Aiken Prep


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