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Central girls begin season of uncertainty

Posted 2018-12-06 By Larry Beazley

    If Central’s girls basketball team expects to complete the 2018-19 season with a winning record, its players will have to play at or above their capabilities.

    A season ago, the Falcons compiled a 15-10 record, a mark coach Brian Scott says is again within reach. To get there, Scott says, his players would have to play better than they have thus far in the early season.

    In their first two outings this season, the young Falcons defeated Stonewall Jackson on the road but lost their home opener to Page County.

    In his fifth season as the Falcons’ coach, Scott seems uncertain about expectations.

    Filling the void left by the graduation of 1,000-point scorer Ayanna Strother will be an early challenge. Strother now is playing basketball at Bluefield College in West Virginia.

    Of 11 players on Scott’s roster, three started on last season’s team.

Coach Scott describes senior Kendall Herbaugh, a four-year varsity starter, as the team’s “sparkplug.” He expects her to contribute in scoring and rebounding.  So far, she’s doing just that. In the opener, she scored nine points, grabbed10 rebounds and was credited with three assists.

    Senior Tycara Scott is expected to be the team leader in scoring and rebounding. She led the Falcons in scoring with 18 points in each of the first two games.

    Maria Marston, starting for the second year, also can score and is strong on the boards. Marston led the team in rebounding in the Page County game.

    Maya Frye-Williams, a junior with playing time last season at point guard, is the starter at that position.

    The fifth starter is freshman 5-9 Ella Toothman, the center on last season’s jayvee team. Toothman will play forward this season, and is learning to play facing the basket, coach Scott said.

    Freshman Erika Hutton will be one of the first off the bench at back-up point guard, but as the season progresses will challenge for the starting job.  Scott describes her as “versatile and basketball smart.”

    Sophomore Sydney Putman will be first or second off the bench and has a good outside shot while also playing sound defense.

    Junior Olivia Wightman, according to Scott, also is expected to see playing time.

    Senior Shauntae Acevedo has been in the system for the past two years and knows what is expected from her.

    Junior Kaitlyn Fadely, a new team member, works hard and is improving.

    In freshman Aniya Cheatham, coach Scott sees a bright future. “She has height and a good hand, and could be a second six- foot player for the Falcons on the court at the same time.”