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Ashley Ridge hoopsters have high expectations this season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Both of the basketball teams at Ashley Ridge High School has high expectations as they begin the 2017-18 season.

Coach Brad Dobbels begins his second season as the head coach of the boys team, looking to improve on last year’s 8-14 finish with three returning starters and six returning lettermen.

The transfer of junior forward Jamal Edmonson, who came from Northwood Academy after two all-state seasons, will bolster the lineup. The 6-5 wing averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Senior Kyle Tierney returns as a 6-3 guard, averaging nine points per game last season. Another senior returning guard is Kris Snipes and 6-7 senior Connor Reed returns in the post. Reed averaged six points and four rebounds per game last season.

Freshman Price Lenoir is expected to begin the season as the starting point guard. Coming off the bench as guards will be senior Chase Bruno, and sophomores Hampton Summerhill and Rashad Brown.

Junior Umar Williams, a 6-5 wing, averaged four points per game last season. Juniors Oz Smith and Dejan Barco, along with 6-5 sophomore Ahmad Brown will add depth at forward.

“Our team has some size and length which will help us on the defensive end, which should create some easy baskets for us,” reports Dobbels. “Our mental approach by our experienced guys, along with our new players, has changed the expectations around our program, which will help us in our competitive 14-game region schedule. For us to reach our potential we will need to execute while being consistent so we can finish out games.”

 Girls coach Tron Grant also has high hopes for his 2017-18 team. The girls team has started off the season with a 4-1 record.

Ashley Ridge was 14-11 last season but played most of the season without their best player – guard Shamaria Myers. Myers suffered a knee injury before last season and only returned for the final four games. She averaged 20 points per game two seasons ago and is averaging 20 points per game early on this season.

Four other seniors join Myers in the starting lineup. Obiny Drayton and Taighlor Solomon each averaged six points per game last season. Working in the paint are Isabel Elder (10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Jamila Wright (8.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Senior Ashanti Caldwell provides depth in the backcourt while senior Delaney Hood is a backup forward. Junior Nia Porter also comes off the bench.

“This year’s team will be a very experienced group with a lot of athleticism,” Grant says. “Our guards will be our major strength, with the ability to rotate them in and not having a drop-off. Having Shamaria back should be a big boost for us.

“Our key to success will be how quickly the newcomers catch on and the chemistry we can get with them moving forward. If we can stay healthy and consistent, we should have a chance to be a really good team.”

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