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Sindab, Nichols expected to step up for Mullins

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Mullins—Last year was special for the Mullins girls’ basketball team. The Auctioneers rolled to a region championship before defeating Christ Church for the Class AA state title to finish the season with a 20-2 record.

However, the team had to bid farewell to key seniors Brittani McDonald and Serenity Hunt, the clear and unquestioned leaders of the team.

“It’s tough to replace players like that with their floor generalship. On any given night, they could easily score 35 to 40 points,” said head coach Myron Gerald. “Last year around playoff time, we were averaging about 80 points per game. I know that’s going to be tough to do again, but we’ve got some pieces there for this season. Hopefully they will start to click.”

Mullins will rely on guard Janell Sindab to take her game to the next level this winter. The junior averaged seven points per game last season, but saved her best performance of the year for the state championship game.

“That’s the biggest thing that we’re working with her on. Leadership has to be a day-to-day thing, not just days when you feel like it. You have to accept that role from now until the time you graduate. Your teammates are going to follow what you do,” Gerald said.

The other returning starter for the Auctioneers is freshman forward/guard Jenlea Nichols, who led the team in rebounding as an eighth-grader while chipping in with six points per game.

“I’m expecting her to give us double-digit points and rebounds every night. She’s talented enough that she can pull down a rebound and take it all the way to the other end of the court. She’s been a lot more forceful this year and I’d like her to be even more assertive. She could be a game-changer,” Gerald said.

Joining Sindab and Nichols in the lineup is senior guard/forward Zakiya Williams, who started at Mullins as a sophomore before spending last season in Georgia. However, she is coming off a knee injury.

Senior forward Jacoya Davis and sophomore forward Tameisha Lasane are back on the varsity for another season as well. Sophomore Ashante Godfrey also returns after missing most of last year with a back injury, and senior guard Karimah Williams should provide a threat beyond the arc.

Other players expected to see plenty of action include freshman guard Kamirah James, who has a huge upside, and seventh-grader Janiya Swinton, who reminds Gerald of McDonald. Sophomore guard Antoinette Reed was moved up from the jayvee team late last year, and senior guard Zikera Green rounds out the roster.

“I’m still expecting them to cause havoc out there and make things tough on other teams because they know the system. Defensively, we want to cause turnovers and get easy run outs, and force people to take bad shots. We just have to make layups and capitalize on each opportunity we have,” Gerald said.

Mullins will once again be the favorite to capture the Region 7-AA championship, with rival Marion being the biggest threat to dethrone them.


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