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Summerville girls basketball making its way back to the top


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

 Summerville – For years, one of the elite high school girls basketball programs has resided at Summerville High School.

Former coach Teresa Kendle won more than 500 games and captured several Lower State titles during her tenure. Matt Legare kept the winning tradition alive by winning five straight region titles before stepping down after the 2014-15 season.

The program slipped a little after Legare’s departure, though they finished 15-7 in one season under Chris Digby. But a lack of talent due to transfers and other issues greeted Calvin Davis when he accepted the role as head coach prior to the 2016-17 season.

Davis’ first season yielded only three victories. But the coach knew he could bring Summerville back and guided the program to 12 wins last season.

This year, with plenty of games left on the schedule, Davis has Summerville at 12-5 overall and 2-0 in region play.

“We’ve steadily made strides and have continued to improve,” Davis said. “The kids we have now have bought into the system. Last year we took some small steps and we became more competitive. This year we are winning more. We have a lot of good, young talent. We are putting it all together piece by piece.”

Davis has worked hard to create a strong chemistry within the roster, something that doesn’t always come easy. Making sure the team focuses on being confident in their own skills as well as the skills of their teammates.

“It (chemistry) has been improving and winning games certainly helps,” the coach said. “They seem to be gaining confidence every day with each other. I have tried to nurture the bonding experience because if they can play well together, we can do big things. We talk a lot about character and being confident. We talk about presenting confidence on a daily basis, a little swagger. Like I said, winning helps. It’s fun because they can the work they put in yielding positive results.”

Davis has only one starting senior this season, co-captain Shelby Sanders, who averages 6.2 points per game. The other co-captain is sophomore point guard Carya Manick, who is averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 steals per game.

Freshman Terranique Polite is a future star in the making but is out with an injury. She was averaging 7.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game before her injury. Davis is hopeful Polite will soon return to action.

Another freshman, Jasmine Grant, is adding 6.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while sophomore Kylie Sims scores 7.1 points per game. Junior Areyanna Scott contributes 7.7 rebounds while chipping in about six points per game. The team’s only other senior is Teri Belton.

“At one point we had a mix of older and younger players, trying to make it work,” Davis said. “Then we decided to just go with the youth for the most part. A lot of them play travel AAU ball and they have been developing over the last few years.”

The only other junior on the roster is Teliya Johnson. Other sophomores include Cailey Smith, Lexi Shepard and Cynthia Lawrence. Freshman Larrysha Smiley rounds out the roster.

In an unusual move, Davis and his team are practicing at 6:45 every morning, getting in their work before school begins at 8:45. The coach says the early practice times has proven beneficial, once his team got accustomed to the time.

“They complained some at first but now it’s nothing for them,” the coach said. “I found that they are fresher and more attentive early in the morning rather than after a long day in classes. But doing it this way allows them to go home after school. It’s a few hours more to get their work done or hang out. We lift after school a few days but mostly they can be free to be on their own after school. It takes a great support system from the parents because most of these girls are not driving. I am appreciative of the cooperation.”

The Summerville boys team has been battling some attrition this season but has managed to keep their head above water. The Green Wave went 9-7 in their first 16 games, including a 1-1 start in region play. The team has lost five players from its original roster and seven of the original 13 players came out late due to football.

“It has been a challenging year so far with the instability of the roster but I feel like this group is coming together,” coach David Long said. “We are prepared to fight it out in region play. We are not used to missing the playoffs around here so we will be giving everything we have to reach the postseason. Anything can happen in the playoffs. We just want to be in.”

Long says the inside play of Mark Mazyck and Bryce Ravenell have been key for the Green Wave this season. Mazyck is averaging 16.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season while Ravenell is averaging nearly eight rebounds per game, including a 23-rebound effort in a region loss to Stall.

Other starters this season include seniors Andre Banks and Kevon Gregory, along with junior Jordan Dunn. All are guards, with freshman Tariq Shabazz and senior Cam Champaign also seeing extensive playing time.

“We have spent a lot of time figuring out how we want to play,” Long said.

Wrestling team aiming for region title

Coach Daryl Tucker’s wrestling team picked up a 36-34 win over the state’s sixth-ranked AAAAA team, Cane Bay, on January 15th and now look to finish strong and claim a region 8-AAAAA title.

Summerville’s win over Cane Bay, a non-region foe, avenged an early season loss to the Cobras. Summerville is ranked 11th in class AAAAA.

Sophomore Aiden Jurey and senior Zach Jurey are two of the top wrestlers in the state at their respective weight classes. Aiden has yet to lose at 126 pounds while Zach has only three defeats at 132.

Will Jones, wrestling at 195 has only one loss this season and Kobe Jones has just two losses at 170.



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