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ET Girls Basketball preview: Experience everywhere

By Jack Stallard
Nov. 4, 2012 at 10 p.m.


The 2011-12 basketball season produced some phenomenal performances by freshmen - Longview's Ravan Chism, Pine Tree's Sky Holmes, Spring Hill's Madison Martin and Union Grove's Kassidy Kruse all played beyond their years - the first district title for Pine Tree and first playoff berth for Union Grove since 2005 and another 20-win season for East Texas coaching legend Tommy Aldridge.

What does the 2012-13 season have in store? Here's a season primer for the girls (a boys preview will be published next Monday) based on questionnaires returned to the Longview News-Journal by area coaches.

<strong>CLASS 5A</strong>

<strong>They're back</strong>

Longview: Ravan Chism (13 points, 5 rebounds per game; District Newcomer of the Year) ... Macy Hopkins ... Makayla Smith ... Halee Brewe ... Kiarra Ross.

Rockwall: Morghen Day (4.5 assists) ... Sara Williamson (8.6 points, 5 rebounds)

<strong>Newcomers to watch</strong>

Longview: Aisja Gray; Rockwall: Hannah Hughes ... Ellen Baker

<strong>They said it</strong>

"We are small, so rebounding will be big. Can we find 2-3 that can consistently score?" - Longview coach Keith Smith

<strong>Did you know</strong>

Smith has a career record of 370-158, including a 33-27 record at Longview ... Rockwall advanced to the Class 4A state championship game last season, losing to Mansfield Summitt and finishing the year with a 34-8 record ... Rockwall coach Jill McDill has a career record of 355-87, including a 325-83 record at Rockwall.

<strong>Key dates</strong>

Longview opens the season on Thursday at Paris, and the Lady Lobos will play four straight on the road before hosting Pine Tree on Friday, Nov. 16 ... The Lady Lobos will participate in tournaments at Haughton, La. (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), Wiley College (Dec. 6-8) and UT Tyler (Dec. 27-29).

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<strong>CLASS 4A</strong>

<strong>They're back</strong>

Pine Tree: Abby Mitchell (10 points, 5 assists, 4 steals) ... Sky Holmes (12 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals; All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year) ... Daneisha Patterson (8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steal) ... McKayla Baylor

Hallsville: Nathalia Lomax ... Abigail Reeder

Lindale: Hannah Malone ... Neeley Doss ... Hanna Brown ... Natasha Malone ... Zhanelle Geathers ... Symonne Brookins ... Heather Gilbert

Whitehouse: Morgan Tauscher ... Kenslie Dews ... Brooke Stewart ... Ashton Ates ... Victoria Taylor

<strong>Newcomers to watch</strong>

Hallsville: Elisha Leathers ... Natasha Griffith; Lindale: Makenna Allen ... Ashley Lacey; Whitehouse: Fulani Pettites ... Lexus Phelps ... Kayla Rhodes ... Suvannah Kerns-Melton

<strong>They said it</strong>

"We'll be more physical this season, but we need to have some young players step up in scoring and on defense." - Hallsville head coach John Thompson.

<strong>Did you know</strong>

Pine Tree captured the program's first outright district championship since 2005 last season, winning a bi-district game against Sulphur Springs and falling to Round Rock Cedar Ridge in the area playoffs ... Hallsville will be playing its first basketball season in a new coliseum this season ... Lindale coach Brandon Walters, in his first season at the school, has a career mark of 236-75

<strong>Key dates</strong>

Pine Tree opens the season on Saturday at home against Kilgore. The Lady Pirates will participate in tournaments in Lindale (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), Brownsboro (Dec. 6-8) and at UT Tyler (Dec. 27-29) ... Hallsville opens the season on Tuesday at Canton. The Ladycats' first home game is set for Nov. 17 against Spring Hill. Hallsville will participate in tournaments at Spring Hill (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), Edgewood (Dec. 6-8) and UT Tyler (Dec. 27-29).

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<strong>CLASS 3A</strong>

<strong>They're back</strong>

Spring Hill: Madison Martin (13.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals) ... Audrey Popelar ... Angel Pickens ... Mikai Brown ... Brooke Zeilinger ... Jacey Fleet ... Leslie Blevins (8.6 points, 6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.8 steals ... Ashlyn White ... Vanessa Robbins

Kilgore: Sinclair Mauldin ... Destini Rossum ... Tony Burks (9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2 steals) ... Annie Mehringer

Henderson: Raven Partin ... Jada Neal ... Conner Lee

Bullard: Maddy Slater

Atlanta: Fierra Hall (18 points) ... Danni Birmingham (5.6 points, 8 rebounds) ... Crystal Jones (10 rebounds) ... Lakia James (9 rebounds) ... Jasmin Rowe (6 points) ... Ashlyn Dodson (10 points)

<strong>Newcomers to watch</strong>

Spring Hill: Ann Hollas; Kilgore: Aaliyah Sanders; Henderson: Tiffany Harris ... Nakia McElhanon ... Keya Stewart; Atlanta: Jada Pickens ... Keandra Thomas ... Kourtnie Young ... Kwan Shepard ... Jada Washington

<strong>They said it</strong>

"We've got experience. We return the entire varsity roster." - Spring Hill head coach Bobby Rush

"I feel like I can count on our team playing hard and getting after it on defense. Our aggressive defense should be a strangth." - Henderson head coach Brad Tindel

<strong>Did you know</strong>

Spring Hill's Martin recorded 22 double-doubles in 30 games last season, with a season-high 29 rebounds coming against White Oak ... Spring Hill's annual JoAnn Sparks tournament has grown from six teams to 12 varsity, 14 JV and 7 freshman teams this season ... Tindel is in his first season at Henderson after spending the last eight years as an assistant coach at Kilgore College ... Former Bullard standout Minta Spears now plays at Texas Tech

<strong>Key dates</strong>

Spring Hill will open the season at home against Harmony on Friday. The Lady Panthers will host the annual JoAnn Sparks Shootout on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and participate in the Edgewood Tournament (Dec. 6-8) and the Willis Taco Bell Classic (Dec. 27-29) ... Kilgore opens the season at Carthage on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs will compete in the Lindale Tournament (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), the Winona Tournament (Dec. 6-8) and the UT Tyler Tournament (Dec. 27-29) ... Henderson opens the seson at Nacogdoches on Tuesday. The Lady Lions will compete in the Lindale Tournament Nov. 29-Dec. 1, the Central Heights Tournament (Dec. 13-15) and the UT Tyler Tournament (Dec. 27-29)

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<strong>CLASS 2A</strong>

<strong>They're back</strong>

Union Grove: Malorie Attaway (9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals) ... Kassidy Kruse (8.3 points, 2.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals) ... Becca Schnarr (5.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 steals) ... Carson Woodruff (4.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks) ... Jessica Sobey (4.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.2 blocks ... Britney Dyar (4.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals ... Jenna Chambliss (3.2 points, 1.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.9 steals.

White Oak: Whitney Simmons (13.7 points, 7.6 rebounds) ... Dorothy Swanson (12.9 points, 4.8 rebounds)

Elysian Fields: Kaylee Prather (18.1 points, 8 steals) ... Chesney Spears (10.1 points, 10.4 rebounds) ... Janice Strange (11.1 points, 10.6 rebounds)

Tatum: Alexes Bell (14 points, 7 steals, 4 assists) ... Kaylah Starling (11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists, 4 blocked shots) ... Kiana Turner (17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists) ... Sydni Centers (6 points, 6 steals, 5 assists) ... Daziah Adams ... Yasmine Roberts ... Kayla Nickerson

Waskom: Breia Manning ... Ka'Teiya Haynes ... Jacolbie Hicks ... Susan Higginbotham ... Janie Edwards

Hughes Springs: Shatraveion Ransom ... Breanne Gunn ... Jasmine Royal

Ore City: Bridget Moody ... Chan Crockett

Sabine: Sierra Wiseman (6 points) ... Jordan Baker (10 points, 9 rebounds) ... Kylie Baker (8 points) ... Ann York ... Rainie Tucker ... Haley Stuart (10 points, 9 rebounds) ... Justice Frazier ... Brittany Terry

Mineola: Jordan Dawson (11 points, 2 blocks, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals) ... Jade Green (8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals ... Raven Johnson (5.7 points, 1.4 blocks, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals) ... Peyton Stephsn (7 points, 1.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 2.5 steals)

<strong>Newcomers to watch</strong>

Union Grove: Lauren Harvey; White Oak: Makenzie Goll ... Cayman Sutton; Elysian Fields: Maddy Spears ... Jacey Doyle; Hughes Springs: Kajza Murphy ... Destiny Gonzales ... Rebecca Crossland; Waskom: Mackynna Evers ... Dallas Crocker; Ore City: Tia Hollins; Tatum: Amee Smith ... Lauren Rockwall ... Ja'Kaylon Lee ... Ryshaneek Starling ... Taylor Lanier ... Ne Ne Minor; Mineola: Alyssa Galaz ... Merisa Ledkins ... Kelsey Green

<strong>They said it</strong>

"Our ability to run the fastbreak and shooting the three-pointer will be keys. We must get better in transition defense and cut our turnovers down to 15-17 per game." - Union Grove head coach Tommy Aldridge

"We have a mixture of youth and veterans, and we will need to have good chemistry and teamwork." - White Oak head coach Desiree Hutchins-Boyett

"We will be strong inside and quick overall. Our shooting percentage needs to improve, both from the field and the free throw line." - Elysian Fields coach Carl Reed

"We must be able to handle more physical play and all chip in to score more points." - Sabine head coach Keith Taylor

<strong>Did you know</strong>

Aldridge has a career record of 949-202, including a 41-22 record in two seasons at Union Grove. He has taken Union Grove to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, and the back-to-back 20-win seasons marks only the second time since the five-player game started in 1977 that Union Grove has accomplished that. Last year's playoff trip was the 30th for an Aldridge-coached team ... Reed has a career record of 362-125 overall and an 83-32 mark at Elysian Fields the past four seasons. Reed coached at Elysian Fields 35 years ago, and is in his second stint at the school ... Ore City head coach Jordan Eudy is a 2007 White Oak High School graduate ... Tatum head coach Patricia Nelson is a Longview High School graduate ... Taylor is starting his second season at Sabine. He has a career record of 136-103, and was the boys head coach at Spring Hill before taking over the girls program at Sabine

<strong>Key dates</strong>

Union Grove will open the season at Miller Grove on Tuesday. The Lady Lions will participate in the New Summerfield Tournament (Nov. 15-17), host the Union Grove Tournament (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) and compete in the Fruitvale Tournament (Dec. 6-8) ... Tatum will open the season at Center on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles will complete in tournaments in San Antonio (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), Wiley College (Dec. 6-8) and Tenaha (Dec. 27-29)

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<strong>CLASS A</strong>

<strong>They're back</strong>

Overton: Abby Mackey (12 points, 6 rebounds) ... Savannah Bobbitt (5 points, 4 rebounds) ... Heather Raney (8 points, 7 rebounds) ... Jiamesia Young (6 points)

Avinger: Shelby Orange ... Jodie Gonzales ... Rebecca Samples ... Audrey Byerly

<strong>Newcomers to watch</strong>

Overton: Laci Dorsey ... Shamanna Adkins ... Sydney Hardin; Avinger: Shayla Bolden ... Shasta Ruhle ... Michelle Bolden

<strong>They said it</strong>

"Guard play will be strong. All three are returning starters, including the point guard for four years and another for three years." - Overton head coach Randy Smith

"Begin such a small school, the number of girls who come out for basketball is small. We'll work to keep all players healthy." - Avinger head coach Casey Schubert

<strong>Did you know</strong>

Overton has won back-to-back district championships under Smith, who has a career record of 346-315 and a 59-31 mark with the Lady Mustangs. The two district titles are the only two in school history.

<em>(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter: @lnjsports)</em>

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