Eight returning letter winners are back this season for the Richmond Hill girls’ basketball team, which will look to use that experience to improve on last season’s record.
The Lady Wildcats went 8-19 record last season, which included a 1-12 mark in Region 3-AAAAA. However, RHHS went into battle with just three seniors, and three of the team’s top five scorers in total points were underclassmen, according to MaxPreps.com.
This year, it’s a different story.
“We have six seniors and two juniors that saw a lot of time at the varsity level last year, so I’m hoping experience will be one of our strengths this year with our returners from last year,” coach Sarah Brown said. “We also have some young talent that we are hoping can step up at the varsity level as well throughout the season. This season, we are bigger than we have been in the past, so we hope that our size will pose as an advantage for us as well this season.”
One of those seniors is Jamie Bunting, who led the squad last season with 8.0 points per game and also took down 2.6 rebounds on average, according to statistics on MaxPrep.com. Also, junior Tiara Gandy notched 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and a steal per contest last season.
Other returning letter winners are seniors Allison Benson, Kia Davis, Nadia Hernandez, Ireland McGaughey and Aubri Reed, and junior Caitlin Elkins.
The initial part of the season will be spent focusing on fundamentals, Brown said.
“As this season begins, we are sharpening up our on our fundamentals to implement them into our 5-on-5 game. Fundamentals are where it all begins, so we are focusing a lot on those at the beginning of the season,” she said. “We are also trying to work on being more physical and aggressive during competition this season.”
As for opponents to watch out for this season, “Effingham, South Effingham and Brunswick are always strong competitors in the region,” Brown said.
The Lady Wildcats open the season with home scrimmage against Tattnall County at 5 p.m. Tuesday. RHHS’ regular season begins Friday, Nov. 20, with a home game against New Hampstead starting at 6:30 p.m.