GIRLS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
AQUINAS COACH: Bernice Norris, first year
2002 RECORD: 5-17
RETURNING STARTERS: C Mary Douglas (Sr., 5-9, 135); F Elizabeth Andrews (Sr., 5-9, 130); C Mary Brooke Quarles (Jr., 6-0, 125); G Sarah Mooney (Jr., 5-9, 120)
OUTLOOK: Aside from the four returning starters, the Lady Fighting Irish will struggle with their youth. But they have good shooters and some quickness. It's possible Aquinas could grab the third or fourth playoff spot from this region.
COACH: Angelica Collins, fourth year
2002 RECORD: 16-12
RETURNING STARTERS: F Sherika Parker (Jr., 6-3, 225)
OUTLOOK: Parker, who averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds a game last year, is a force in the post, and that will help a Lady Bears team that lost five seniors. Collins says she's trying to build team chemistry, and if Burke County can accomplish that goal, a return trip to the playoffs isn't out of the question.
COACH: John Bowen, first year
2002 RECORD: 3-20
RETURNING STARTERS: G Adrienne Stuckey (Jr.)
OUTLOOK: There's only three seniors in the Lady Bulldogs program, so experience is going to be a problem. Playing tough Region 3-AAAA teams like Glenn Hills and Hephzibah will help Butler become a better team. That, and some good size in the post.
COACH: Al Young, second year
2002 RECORD: 8-17
RETURNING STARTERS: C Ashley Staten (Jr., 6-2, 180); G Nastassha Bing (Sr., 5-6, 125); G/F Stacey Lampkin (Soph., 5-8, 150); C/F Shay Rawls (Soph., 6-1, 165); G Javonna Kent (Soph., 5-7, 145)
OUTLOOK: With a little more experience, the Lady Razorbacks will be a better team this season. Very little depth will hurt, and the region might be tough for Cross Creek to have a realistic shot at the playoffs.
COACH: Tim Whitfield, third year
2002 RECORD: 6-18
RETURNING STARTERS: C Ashley Brodhecker (Sr., 6-0, 200); F Meredith Weare (Sr., 5-10, 160), G Bekah Gibbs (Jr., 5-4, 120)
OUTLOOK: With strong depth and strong shooters, the Lady Knights should improve from last season. But against a tough schedule, Evans will have to find a way to keep its confidence high. A few early-seasons wins certainly would help that.
COACH: Richard Moye, third year
2002 RECORD: 4-24
RETURNING STARTERS: G Morgan Lamb (Sr., 5-5, 115); C Jamis Braddock (Jr., 6-1, 210); G Melissa Shelton (Sr., 5-3, 125); F Natasha Latimer (Jr., 5-9, 130); F Dominique Jenkins (Jr., 5-6, 115)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Panthers certainly should improve last season's record. Look for Glascock County to rely on a strong inside game, but to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, it'll need to learn how to handle pressure.
COACH: Bernard Bowman, sixth year
2002 RECORD: 27-3
RETURNING STARTERS: C/F Tyhiesha Smith (Sr., 6-1, 150); C/F Reyna Flemmings (Sr., 5-11, 155); PG Keoshia Worthy (Sr., 5-9, 140); PG Kesha Stephens (Sr., 5-8, 130)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Spartans are, once again, reloading for another run at a state title. Smith, who has signed with North Carolina-Charlotte, is one of the top players around, and Flemmings and Worthy will provide good senior leadership and experience. The only downfall for Glenn Hills is a lack of size.
COACH: Garrett Black, fourth year
2002 RECORD: 11-16
RETURNING STARTERS: G Amy Rigdon (Sr., 5-8); G Kiley Moranski (Sr., 5-3); F Alisha Simmons (Jr., 5-8); F Britney Leverett (Soph., 5-9)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Wolfpack could struggle this season. The team will be very young - as many as five freshmen could see playing time - and that doesn't bode well in a region that will be tough. The postseason is out of reach this year.
COACH: Melissa Chase, second year
2002 RECORD: 2-22
RETURNING STARTERS: F Sharday Taylor (Sr.), F Jazmine Quintyne (Sr.), G Beyra Ortega (So.)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Bulldogs still sport a young team, but in the second year of Chase's tenure, they should be an improved squad.
COACH: Wendell Lofton, 29th year
2002 RECORD: not available
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Chantal Murray (Sr., 5-6, 135); F Tiffany Drayton (Jr., 5-8, 155); F Lacoya Terry (Jr., 5-8, 180)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Rebels were so close to winning a state championship last year, and it'll be tough for them to get back to the finals. Losing Jacquelyn and Joycelyn Nelson - their top players - to Laney will be tough to overcome. Murray and Drayton will have to take over.
COACH: Tonja Stevens, first year
2002 RECORD: 11-14
RETURNING STARTERS: F Lashunda Holmes (Sr., 5-8, 150); Francesa Dixon (Sr., 5-6, 165); F Kashaundra Hannah (Jr., 5-10, 165); G Shironda Cooper (Sr., 5-0, 100); G Katrina Davis (Sr.)
OUTLOOK: Holmes, Dixon and Hannah will be counted upon to lead the Lady Warriors. Jefferson County's biggest weakness will be a bench that's inexperienced.
COACH: Bill Knight, first year
2002 RECORD: 27-1
RETURNING STARTERS: F Vontrease Smith (Sr., 5-10, 155); G Whitney Muckerson (Sr., 5-7, 130); G Shavone Coney (Sr., 5-7, 125); C Lakindie Gross (Sr., 5-10, 175); F Cassandra McGriff (Sr., 5-9, 160)
OUTLOOK: Knight walks into a nice situation here as five seniors - including Smith (19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds) - return from last year's state runner-up team. The biggest question mark will be whether the Lady Eagles can find decent reserves. A lack of them hurt its chances in last year's state title game against Taylor County.
COACH: Lynn Brantley, 33rd year
2002 RECORD: 19-9
RETURNING STARTERS: F Keldra Mylles (Sr., 5-10); PG Alice Holmes (Soph., 5-6); F Latoya Ashley (Soph., 6-1)
OUTLOOK: This team will be dominated by sophomores. The Lady Eagles might not be as strong as usual after losing Tiana Brice, Waldrina Etheridge, Shika Cunningham and Thelma Washington, but they'll still leave an impact in the region.
COACH: Scott Resique, first year
2002 RECORD: 19-5
RETURNING STARTERS: G/F Jamie Lake (Sr., 5-8); G Kim Leeds (Sr., 5-5); F Brittany Barden (Sr., 5-9)
OUTLOOK: Although the Lady Panthers fell in the first round of the state playoffs last year, their 19-5 record was a huge improvement from the season before. Lake and Leeds will try to make sure that production doesn't drop. Lakeside probably can't compete with the top teams in the region, but it could scare many squads on any given night.
COACH: Otis Smart, 20th year
2002 RECORD: not available
RETURNING STARTERS: G/F Sabrina Wilson (Sr., 5-9); C Samantha Wilson (Sr., 6-1); G Eboni Fields (So., 5-7); G Jontay Moss (So., 5-6)
OUTLOOK: Certainly a state-championship contender. The Lady Wildcats might be the most experienced team around, and with Hephzibah transfers Joycelyn and Jacquelyn Nelson - who have been to the Class AAAA finals the past two years - on the team, they'll be dangerous.
COACH: Christie Mattison, 10th year
2002 RECORD: 18-7
RETURNING STARTERS: F Catrina Norman (Sr., 5-7, 135); PG Grace Lockhart (Sr., 5-3, 120); G Katicka Henderson (Sr., 5-8, 135)
OUTLOOK: Coming off the Region 7-A title, the Lady Red Devils return three strong starters. Plus, Lincoln County has an experienced bench. The loss of Michelle Elam and Vickie Mae Anderson will hurt, but it's nothing the team can't overcome.
COACH: Jennifer Acree, first year
2002 RECORD: 7-16
RETURNING STARTERS: F Ash Mingle (Sr., 5-9); F LaShaunda Sanders (Jr., 5-11); G Kenyatta O'Neal (So. 5-8); G Gabby Simon (So., 5-7), Carissa Burns (Jr., 5-4)
OUTLOOK: After a struggle last season, the Lady Gamecocks have hope for this year. Four starters return for Screven County.
COACH: Bobby Andrews, eighth year
2002 RECORD: 16-13
RETURNING STARTERS: none
OUTLOOK: The Lady Tigers will miss graduated seniors Shayla Roberts and Marissa Saulsberry. Last year was a disappointment, so Swainsboro will try to make up for that.
COACH: James Newsome, third year
2002 RECORD: 15-11
RETURNING STARTERS: F Jennifer Bell (Sr., 5-6, 125); C Terease Thorton (Sr., 6-3, 175); G Anntoinette Anderson (Sr., 5-6, 122)
OUTLOOK: Thornton turned into the team's playmaker last year, averaging 14.7 points and 16 rebounds per game. Look for her to get even better this season and help lead the Lady Bulldogs back to the playoffs.
COACH: Allen Gray, sixth year
2002 RECORD: 19-8
RETURNING STARTERS: G/F Colleen Kitchens (Sr., 5-7, 130); C Ernestine Hilson (Jr., 6-0, 165); G Crushika Mountain (Jr., 6-0); F/C Brittany Jones (Jr., 5-9); F/C Jessica Parity (Soph., 6-0)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Golden Hawks should battle Laney for the Region 3-AAA title. Kitchens (22 points, 8 rebounds) is one of the best players around, and she has a pretty good supporting cast.
COACH: John Kucela, second year
2002 RECORD: 3-23
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Garniecia Britlain (Sr., 5-3); G Latoya Grant (Sr., 5-1); F Shinera Hampton (Sr., 5-9); G Carovita Hill (Soph., 5-7)
OUTLOOK: A good nucleus returns from last year's squad, and it'll be a major disappointment if the Lady Tigers can't improve on last season's mark. A successful season would be for Washington-Wilkes to win 8-10 games.
COACH: Renee Kelly, fifth year
2002 RECORD: 15-14
RETURNING STARTERS: C/F Charvette Collier (Sr., 5-10); F Tiffany Ford (Sr., 5-10); G Dartavia Thomas (Jr., 5-7); G Andriene Reid (Soph., 5-7)
OUTLOOK: Three returning starters averaged eight points or better last year, so the Patriots shouldn't have too many problems scoring. They will have problems rebounding, though. Westside needs to keep its scoring percentage high.
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