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Ridgeland-Hardeeville Lady Jaguars starting to put it all together

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – The 2018/19 season has been tough on the defending lower state champion Ridgeland-Hardeeville girls’ basketball team as they have gotten off to a 4-9/1-1 start but as the heart of the region schedule looms they have won two straight games.

The Lady Jaguars have been good at home winning four of five games but on the road they have yet to win a contest. Four of their losses have been in tournament play and to larger schools but for a program like Ridgeland-Hardeeville that is not the norm.

Head coach Fredrick Toomer’s squad’s biggest issue has been on the offensive end as they are only averaging 37 points per game which down from last season’s 50 Points per game.

Defensively, the Lady Jaguars have been solid most of the year only giving up 43 points per game. In their two region contest they have been even better only allowing 31 points per contest.

Leading the way for the Lady Jaguars is Marlaysia Westbrook. The 5-10 junior wing player leads the team in scoring (9.2), rebounds (9.2) and is second in blocks (1.2).

 The Lady Jaguars have five seniors in 5-1 guard Shanteria Brown, 5-10 forward Lenasia Singletary, 5-2 guard Zaria Wilson, 5-5 guard Shaquira Singleton and 6-0 center Deasia Mikell.

Mikell is second in rebounding at 6.7 a game and leads the team in blocks at 2 per game while Singletary is second on the team in steals at 3.2. She also pulls down 6 boards a night.

The teams other junior is Kendalyesha Washington. The 5-8 guard is the team leader in steals at 3.5 thefts per game and she is one of the top three-point threats. She has also hauled down the third most rebounds with 28.

Sophomore guard Shyneek Swinton (5-6) has been solid off the bench for coach Toomer.

Freshman 5-6 guard Janiyah Chaneyfield has been the team’s top player maker averaging a team high 2.2 assists per night while fellow freshman 5-4 guard Ashiana Scott has provided a big lift off the bench.

Rounding out the Lady Jaguars lineup are freshmen 5-7 forward Deanna Douglas and 5-4 guard Nykierra Scott.

Next up for the Lady Jaguars is a home region contest versus Lake Marion 2-6/ 1-1. The Lady Jaguars appear to be coming together at the right time and should be able to compete for the region 7 AA championship and a couple of home playoff games.









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