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West Ashley High School

Veteran roster makes West Ashley solid contender in AAAAA Lower State

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

West Ashley – With more than 550 career coaching victories, West Ashley’s Ronnie Dupre knows a little something about what it takes to win high school basketball games.

Dupre, now in his 31st season as a head coach, returns a veteran squad that combined to win 18 games a year ago. The Wildcats also have added an impact transfer to the roster. The coach sees potential in his 2017-18 squad.

“We have a very experienced team with a lot of depth,” Dupre reports. “We have had some injuries so we are looking to get healthy to see what kind of team we can be. We have some skilled players but our challenge will be the buy in on the defensive end of the court, and our willingness to play unselfishly.”

Things are off to a good start this season as the Wildcats have won four of their first five games, including a region 7-AAAAA opening game win over Ashley Ridge.

West Ashley basically returns all five starters from last year’s team. Dupre typically will start four guards around senior forward Shelton Brown (6-3), who averaged 12 points and about seven rebounds per game last season. Brown is starting in his fourth consecutive season.

Senior Skylar Williams led the team in scoring at 16 points per game last season while junior Kenyatta Jenkins added about 13 points per contest. The duo are West Ashley’s top perimeter threats.

Senior Jackie Jackson and junior Marlon Hill combined to score about 11 points per game and each had their share of double-digit scoring efforts.

Senior forward Randall Litmon will have an immediate impact inside. Litmon transferred from Northwood Academy and his 6-4 height and inside rebounding ability will be key factor.

 Senior Seth Westerbeck and junior Peter Musci also provide depth at the forward position.

West Ashley enters the season as the favorite in region 7-AAAAA. The Wildcats finished 10-4 in league play a year ago and have the most experience returning. West Ashley has region games with Stratford and Goose Creek prior to the Christmas holidays. Getting off to a good start will be a key to setting the pace in league play in January.

Goose Creek, Fort Dorchester, and Summerville figure to be challengers for the region title. However, Stratford, James Island, Wando, Ashley Ridge will be far from pushovers in January.

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