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Andrews High School

Andrews ready to take next step under Collins

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

AndrewsShirley Collins got the Andrews girls’ basketball team back to respectability last season and is looking for the team to take another step in her second year at the helm.

The Yellow Jackets opened the campaign with a 3-3 record, including a 1-1 mark in conference play with a victory over Kingstree. They host Latta in their final contest before Christmas break.

“We still have a lot more work to do when it comes to pressing and man-to-man. We have to continue to work hard as a team and learn to execute our plays,” said Collins. “I’m looking to go farther in the playoffs this year. We made it last year, but got put out in the first round. We have a very aggressive team.”

Leading the way for Andrews this winter is junior guard/wing Camie Samson, who has averaged over 12 points per game.

“She’s an example to the rest of the team with how much she hustles. She’ll shoot, come back and get the rebound and go right back up again. She’s strong,” Collins said.

Also in the starting lineup is sophomore point guard Faith Callaway, who has the responsibility to run the team’s offense.

“She knows that everything starts with her and she has to set the pace. She’s got to start the plays and work that ball around,” Collins said.

Two seniors join Samson and Callaway in the initial rotation in wing Tylin Gary and forward Demetrice Chandler. Forward Kynande McClary, a freshman, has been one of the surprises on the roster, going from the B-team in 2017-18 to a starter on the varsity this season.

“She’s been doing well rebounding but we’ve got to get her stronger. She has been a big help and she is learning a lot,” Collins said of McClary.

The Yellow Jackets have gotten plenty of help from its reserves as well. Sophomores Dayzani Hill, Caroline Bourne and Kaitlin Micheau, junior Kerri Brown, and seniors Brianna Singleton and Dacie Smith have all seen action off the bench.

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