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Strasburg girls tall, skilled, coach says


Posted 2018-12-06 By Larry Beazley

    Strasburg High School girls’ coach Darin Jenkins is optimistic about the 201-2019 season.

    “I am excited about this season,” said Jenkins. “We have had a couple weeks of good practice.”    

    The Rams have three six-foot plus players with experience. They have 12 on their squad including two seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.

    Point guard Mattie Smallwood, a junior with experience, will be out for the season because of a knee injury.

    Returning is junior forward/center Christyan Reid, the team’s leading scorer a season ago.  She averaged 16 points a game, scoring 324 points, grabbing 83 rebounds and 7.4 blocks a game, with a single game high of 36 points.

    Jaden Alsberry, guard/forward and the second leading scorer on the team last year, scored 248 points, averaging 12 points a game, had 89 rebounds and a 7.4 average per game.

    Center Daniella Henry, a senior, has become a team leader in her senior year. Last season, she experienced knee problems but has been working with weights and is beginning to overcome that injury.

    Freshman Nyla Sperry, a transfer from Skyline, has taken over the point guard position in place of Smallwood.  According to Jenkins, she has performed well thus far.

    Senior guard Debra Dillman returns after playing for four years on the jayvee and varsity teams.  Junior forward Karly Colcombe and junior guard/forward Delainey Stickley bring more experience.

    Returning sophomores at the guard/forward position are Natalie Hott and Joely Morgan, both adding depth and experience to these positions.

    Jenkins also has two more freshmen on his squad, guard/forward Kenley Smith and guard Madison Stinnette.

    Jenkins expects the girls to play good defense, put pressure on the ball, and “to put up the points.”

    The Rams were 14-10 last season, losing to Central in the first round of the playoffs.  This year, with height and experience, the Rams expect to go higher in the playoffs.