GIRLS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
AIKEN COACH: Aubrey Pompey, 14th year
2002 RECORD: 19-8
RETURNING STARTERS: C Leslie Cue (Sr., 5-7); G Kendra Wright (Sr., 5-3), F Kendra Chandler (Sr., 5-6)
OUTLOOK: Although Pompey said last year would be a rebuilding season, the Lady Hornets advanced to the third round of the state tournament. Who's to say they can't do it again, even if they lost their best player in Ebony Jones? Chandler, Cue and Wright will have to provide good senior leadership.
COACH: Javon Gilliard, second year
2002 RECORD: 0-22
RETURNING STARTERS: F Lindsay Johnson (Sr., 5-9, 130); PG India Harrison (Jr., 5-10, 135); SG Brandi Bettis (Jr., 5-9, 115); F Renique Riley (Soph., 5-8, 145).
OUTLOOK: After a winless season last year, the Lady Tigers might be the team to beat in Region 5-AA. Five starters return - including Harrison, who averaged a team-best 16 points per game last year - and the team has confidence.
COACH: Carol Massengale, ninth year
2002 RECORD: 23-2
RETURNING STARTERS: G Brandy Hayes (Soph.)
OUTLOOK: Melanie Johnson, who is redshirting at South Carolina this year, will be missed. Hayes will need to beef up her production (nine points, four assists per game) in order for the Lady Warhorses to make the postseason. Newcomers Shadonna Cave and Erica Myers should help with outside shooting.
COACH: Robert Williams, second year
2002 RECORD: 13-11
RETURNING STARTERS: F Ericka Williams (Soph., 5-8); G Renee Hammonds (Soph., 5-2)
OUTLOOK: In his first season, Williams steered the Lady Fighting Hawks to the second round of the playoffs. With Williams and Hammonds - who combined 26 points per game last year - back on the court, Blackville-Hilda should be decent.
COACH: George Edwards, 16th year
2002 RECORD: 11-11
RETURNING STARTERS: F Denitva Parker (Sr., 5-10, 165); C Vanesha Perrin (Sr., 6-1, 155); G April Coley (Sr., 5-9, 140); G Darness Roberts (Soph., 5-6, 130)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Chiefs should be a pretty good team this year. With a senior-led squad and some playoff experience, look for McCormick to challenge Ridge Spring-Monetta as the region's best.
COACH: Derrick Myers, first year
2002 RECORD: 8-16
RETURNING STARTERS: G Jennifer Lowe (Jr.); F Courtney Hannah (Sr.); F Asahia Carthledge (Jr.); G Ashley Butler (Soph.)
OUTLOOK: With a new coach, it might take the Lady Mustangs a while to find themselves as a team. But with some experience returning, there's no reason Midland Valley can't match or better last year's record.
COACH: Faye Norris, tenth year
2002 RECORD: 14-10
RETURNING STARTERS: F LaTrice Thomas (Sr., 5-8, 142); G Amy Caver (Sr., 5-6, 125); G Crystal Norris (Sr., 5-6, 150); F Jennifer Perry (Sr., 5-8, 145)
OUTLOOK: The key for the Lady Yellow Jackets this year is experience. Although they lost Mariel Mendez, Caver and Norris lead a squad filled with five veterans.
COACH: Gail Johnson, fifth year
2001 RECORD: 20-5
RETURNING STARTERS: G Atiya Padgett (Sr., 5-7); G Ashley Denny (Sr., 5-7)
OUTLOOK: With two starters - and a sixth-man in LaShondra Cyrus - returning from last year's state semifinal team, the Lady Trojans will make the postseason once again. But with a young team, Johnson will need to make sure her squad understands the system as quickly as possible.
COACH: Kimbra Moore, first year
2002 RECORD: not available
RETURNING STARTERS: G Shanavia Tyler (Sr.); F Jennifer Johnson (Jr.); F Shannon Dakes (Sr.); PG Courtney Bowman (Jr.); G Deandra Robinson (Jr.)
OUTLOOK: Bowman will try to replace the production of Ashley Bowman and Ashley Dyches - both of whom were second-team Augusta Chronicle all-area players last year.
COACH: Jeanette Engle, fourth year
2002 RECORD: 11-13
RETURNING STARTERS: F Bonta Williamson (Jr., 5-10, 135); G Heather Holmes (Sr., 5-9, 130); PG Dioundra Felton (Jr., 5-7, 130); F Nicole Mealing (Soph., 5-10, 160)
OUTLOOK: The Lady Rebels are young, quick and they run the floor well. But in order to compete with Dreher and Keenan in the region, they'll have to be a more aggressive squad.
The following schools did not submit information: Silver Bluff, Wagener-Salley, Williston-Elko
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