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Strasburg girls unable to parlay height advantage into wins

Posted 2017-12-14 By Larry Beazley

    If a roster of tall girls were the key to a successful high school girls basketball season, Strasburg would expect no less.

    Two games into the season though, height has not translated into success.

    At the end of the first week of play, the Rams were 0-2 and looking for answers.

    Coach Darin Jenkins is urging fans to be patient. Says Jenkins: “The Rams have a great upside if they can gain experience this year without losing their confidence.”

    Eight players on the 12-member roster are either sophomores or freshmen. Two are seniors and two juniors.

    The future, says Jenkins, “looks bright.” If the future looks bright, the present looks tall. Three of the team’s players are 6-2 or taller, including leading scorer Christyan Reid.

    The starting lineup has one senior, two juniors and two sophomores.

    Sophomore Madison Smallwood and junior Debra Dillman are the guards.  Senior Hannah Alexander is a forward with 6-2 junior Daniella Henry at the other forward position, and 6-3 sophomore Reid at center.  Reid is averaging 13 points per game.    

    All players are getting playing time in the early part of the season.

    First off the bench for the Rams is 6-2 sophomore Jaden Alsberry who is second on the team in scoring with a high of nine points in the Stonewall Jackson game.

    Other players seeing quality playing time include senior forward Camerin Alsberry, 5-8 sophomore forward Karly Colcombe, sophomore guard Taylor Bowers and guard Hannah Peer.

    Two freshmen forwards, 5-8 forward Natalie Hott and 5-5 Joely Morgan, who can shoot the three-pointer, will see quality playing time this season.

    The Rams have speed at the guard positions and height on the inside. Considering that the junior varsity team is unbeaten, the future bodes well for Strasburg girls basketball.

    The missing ingredient is experience and the confidence that travels with it, especially in close games.  In the recent loss to Stonewall Jackson, the Rams were tied with the Generals going into the final quarter when the senior-laden Generals rose to the occasion.