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Road Warriors

Lady Mustangs value start of season away from EC

MACU continues road trip in New York

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Mid-Atlantic Christian sophomore Aleah McNeal (with ball) led the team in scoring last season.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Christian women’s basketball coach Charles Troxell said he likes to start the season on the road.

For the coach, the time on the road allows the team to focus on basketball.

The Lady Mustangs continue the bonding away from Elizabeth City as the team will compete at a basketball showcase at Davis College in Johnson City, New York on Friday and today.

Troxell said that he is pretty excited about this team and noted the squad has a good mix of returning players and young dynamic players that have joined the program.

The Lady Mustangs began the 2017-18 season last weekend with a 79-75 road victory against Penn State Mont Alto.

“It was a confidence boost,” Troxell said of the win.

The coach added that the game wasn’t the prettiest and the win helped them see their flaws.

In the win against Penn State Mont Alto, freshman Cierra Cook scored a team-high 24 points.

“We are really excited about her,” Troxell said.

The coach added that Cook, from Virginia’s Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, can create her own shot and can get up and down the court.

Nabbing Cook continues the Lady Mustangs’ trend of adding talent in the region to the program.

“There is good talent close by,” Troxell said.

Other notable freshmen include former Northeastern High School player Alexis Harris and Hertford County High School’s Regina Woodley.

Harris, a guard, scored six points, while Woodley, a forward, added six points with three rebounds in the season opener.

Amanda Lemons, a freshman from Virginia’s Gar-field High School, also contributed to the win.

MACU returns key veteran players this winter.

One of those players is senior center Tierra Lester.

Lester led the Lady Mustangs last season with 12.4 rebounds per game with two blocks per game and added 12.3 points per game.

Troxell noted that he is looking for Lester to complete her college career on a high note and added that she is very athletic, pushes the team and sets an example for the team.

Another key returner for MACU is former Northeastern High School guard Aleah McNeal.

McNeal led MACU in scoring last winter with an 18.9 points per game average and was named an United States Collegiate Athletic Association second team All-American.

Lester was selected as an USCAA honorable mention All-American last winter.

Other key veterans on the team include 3-point shooting specialist Talethia Alexander along with guard KaNesha Murray.

MACU wants to build off of last season’s 11-14 record.

The MACU coach noted that the games against Davis on Friday and Penn State York today are important because it is competition against schools in the USCAA.

MACU is a member of the association.

Friday’s contest against Davis College ended after press time.

The Lady Mustangs conclude play at the Showcase against Penn State York today at 2 p.m. and have their home opener at Chesson Gym against Greensboro College on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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