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Girls Basketball Outlook: Area teams aim for another postseason run

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Trinity Evans (with ball) is the only remaining starter from last year's Currituck team that won the Northeastern Coastal conference tournament.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The 2018-19 girls basketball season is underway for all eight schools in the Daily Advance coverage area.

Currituck, John A. Holmes, Pasuotank, Perquimans and Victory Christian are hoping to reach the postseason again, while some will try to do it with the same core and others will have to try with less experience.

Albemarle School, Camden and Northeastern, on the other hand, will be hoping to build experience with a young core for better success this time around.

Here is more on girls basketball teams in the area:

ALBEMARLE SCHOOL

Coach: Amy Bateman

Last Season’s record: (1-7, 1-11 Tarheel)

Outlook: As of the end of November, the Lady Colts are 1-4 to begin the season.

In their one win against Wanchese Christian, junior Brooke Perry scored 20 points as she leads Albemarle School with 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game so far this season.

The Lady Colts are also getting contributions from sophomores Monique Guzman-Torres, Maritza Alcantar-Reyes and Sylvia Jennings.

CAMDEN

Coach: Matt Sundberg

Last season’s record: (3-21, 1-9 Albemarle Athletic)

Outlook: After struggling through just a three-win season last year, the Lady Bruins return five members who have gained experience.

Senior guards Haley Loyd, Shae Ferebee and forward Lilly Cartwright will be Camden’s starters for a second year in a row.

Sundberg plans to use multiple lineups this season as he hopes to build chemistry this season. The Lady Bruins are 1-1 as of Wednesday afternoon as their one win came in close 46-44 win over Northeastern.

CURRITUCK

Coach: Paul Munson

Last season’s record: (16-11, 6-4 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: The Lady Knights finished third in the conference before winning the conference tournament championship and making it to the third round of the 2A playoffs.

Senior guard Trinity Evans is the only returning starter as she was the fourth-leading scorer on the team and leading non-senior with 5.1 points per game. Currituck loses All-Area members Lauren Gerni and Jessica Smith.

The Lady Knights have begun the 2018-19 season with a 2-2 record, with two wins to begin the season against Cape Hatteras and Camden.

JOHN A. HOLMES

Coach: Brian Chappell

Last season’s record: (11-12, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic)

Outlook: Chappell takes the reigns as the Lady Aces’ new head coach after Edenton finished fourth in the conference last year.

Led by senior All-Area member Mikyjah White’s 12.8 points per game last season, John A. Holmes did reach the third round of the state playoffs.

The Lady Aces return several contributors, including sophomore guard Jamillian Johnson who scored 26 points in two games played as a freshman. Seniors Anna Bass and Destiny Parker are also expected to contribute.

NORTHEASTERN

Coach: Pat Thornton

Last season’s record: (4-15, 2-8 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: The Lady Eagles lost a big presence in Breanna Proctor after last season thanks to graduation.

Proctor averaged 18.9 points and 16 rebounds per game last year and is one of five girls who graduated, so there is some inexperience this season as only three players were on varsity last year.

Northeastern, before facing Camden Wednesday night, is 0-4 to start the year.

PASQUOTANK

Coach: Ray Burnham

Last season’s record: (15-7, 8-2 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: The Lady Panthers finished second in conference last year after the regular season before losing to rival Currituck in the first round of the conference tournament and state playoffs.

Pasquotank will look to build off last year as it is fortunate to have four of its five starters last season return this year.

Kennedy Griffin, Mikasia Jordan, D’zyah Brazzle and Veriah Williams all returned for their senior seasons. The only starter that left was Area Player of the Year Amaya Simpson, who averaged nearly 18 points, 10 rebounds and six steals a game.

Griffin and Jordan, also All-Area members last year, combined for nearly 20 points a game and will be looked upon for scoring this year.

Pasquotank is 0-2 to begin the year with losses to Northampton and Williamston-Riverside.

PERQUIMANS

Coach: Aaron Burke

Last season’s record: (14-12, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic)

Outlook: The Lady Pirates finished tied for fourth place in the AAC with John A. Holmes last year, but they still reached the second round of the 1A NCHSAA playoffs.

Juniors McKayle Knapp, J’Dazah Brown and sophomore Asha Elliott are the three remaining starters from last season. Knapp led the trio with 9.8 points per game, while Brown was the leading rebounder on the team with five per game.

Before Wednesday’s game against Cape Hatteras, Perquimans has started this season with two wins in three games with wins coming against Northeastern and Columbia.

VICTORY CHRISTIAN

Coach: Dan Moore

Last season’s record: (12-8, 6-2 North Carolina Christian)

Outlook: The Lady Eagles reached the North Carolina Christian Athletic Association championship last year but fell to Trinity Christian.

They’re off to similarly strong start this year with four wins in their first five games.

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