Girls Basketball Looks to Go Up Tempo, Defeats St. Gertrude’s
The girls varsity basketball team defeated St. Gertrude’s 54-31 Monday at home.
With three returning starters and eight returners overall, the girls varsity basketball team’s season looks promising. Expect a new-look Oaks offense, focused on an up-tempo style featuring fast breaks and outside shooting. With the loss of All-Conference player Markell Smith to graduation, this will be an entirely different team from the squad that went 19-9.
Returning for the team will be all-conference players Dee Maddox, a 5-5 point guard who averaged 15.5 points per game, 4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 3.8 assists, and Raven Evans, a 5-6 guard, who put up 12.5 points per game, 2.4 rebounds and 2 steals.
Newcomers Briana Hale, a 5-8 guard and wing who transferred from Maury High School, and Erica Hildebrand, a 6-1 sophomore center transfer from Landstown High School, will make key contributions.
“The coaching staff and I are very excited about the up-coming season,” said Coach Suzanne Midkiff. “The girls have pushed themselves in the pre-season and have come in ready to play! Veteran players provide a solid anchor for our team, which will help balance all the young talented players. This team has the potential to compete for the TCIS and state Titles.”
Midkiff sees Cape Henry and Norfolk Christian as the main conference rivals for the Oaks, who won conference titles in 2007 and 2009.
Losing Smith, last year’s leading rebounder and scorer, was a big blow, but the team is responding. ” I’ve already seen several players stepping up their offensive game — Dee Maddox, Raven Evans and Kristin Rempas,” Midkiff added.
The team next plays Ocean Lakes High School away on Dec. 14.