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Northwood Academy girls seeking fourth straight state title this season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The road to a fourth consecutive SCISA Class AAA state title could be a little more difficult this season for the Northwood Academy girls basketball team.

Northwood has won the last three titles but has suffered a few defections from the program since last receiving the trophy in February of 2017. Adding to the pressure a bit is an injury to the team’s best player, senior forward Elysa Wesolek. The all-state performer and Western Kentucky signee suffered an ankle injury early this season and will be out of action for at least a month.

Coach Ginnell Curtis says despite all of the early issues, her team is again capable of being a state title contender. Northwood is off to a 4-2 start.

“Things are a little out of sorts with Elysa’s injury but it is giving us an opportunity to get some other girls out there and let them improve,” Curtis said. “Our hope is that we do continue to improve and once Elysa gets back, we will be that much better. These early games are not as important in terms of wins and losses. They are important in terms of improving. In the end, we want to be healthy and stronger in late January. We can make another run, for sure.”

Wesolek’s injury takes 16-20 points per game off the scoreboard but it also affects the team in other areas, says Curtis.

“She does so much for us,” the coach said. “We miss her leadership. She’s our glue out there.”

Junior forward Carrington Simpson is one player capable of taking on more scoring. She also ranks as the team’s top rebounder and could be a key player for the Chargers.

Junior Tyashia Bostick, a transfer from Stratford, is picking up some of the slack at point guard. Senior Rayvn Mitchell is a returning player from last year and is the team’s top perimeter shooter. Freshmen Anaya Manigault and Sydney Halverson are getting considerable playing time as well.

“This team has good potential,” Curtis said. “It’s fairly young overall but we have some talent. We need to gain some confidence and learn to play together. If we can gain that confidence, we will be a solid team once Elysa gets back.”

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