, 2014

Lady Devils off to challenging start;
JV opens season with winning streak

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Although her team is senior and veteran heavy, coach Paula Scott said she’s virtually suiting up “a whole new team.”

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From left, members of the Lancaster High varsity girls basketball team are (front row) Trenae Henderson, Raven Love, Jay Gregory and Aloni Scott; (next row) Lauren James, Crystal Blue, Aaliyah Morris-Lee, Sharda Beane, Tala Henderson and Tomasia Kelly. Zyhkeia Bullock is also on the team. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Scott, who replaces longtime play caller Joanne Webb-Fary as coach of the varsity Lady Devils, returns only one starter from last year’s team in senior guard/forward Trenae Henderson. 

Scott, who by day works at the Northumberland County YMCA, brings eight years experience to her position. A 1982 graduate of Northumberland, she was an assistant at her alma mater for one year and was head coach of the varsity Lady Indians for one. 

Her Lady Red Devils have gotten off to a rough start this season at 1-4, picking up their first regular season win of the year in a, 65-63, overtime win against Nandua last Saturday.

“They need a little more practice, that’s all,” said Scott. “They need more practice blending together and playing together and they’ll get better.”

Scott said she’s still looking for that best starting five combination and has been changing up the starting line-up. 

Senior forward Sharda Beane, who is emerging as one of her top scorers, saw a lot of playing time last season, as did senior forward Aaliyah Morris-Lee and senior forward Lauren James. 

Also playing at guard will be seniors Tala Henderson and Crystal Blue, junior Jay Gregory and sophomore Zyhkeia Bullock. Seeing some time at forward will be seniors Tomasia Kelly and Raven Love and sophomore Aloni Scott.

Three of Lancaster’s shooters scored in double digits against the Lady Warriors last Saturday. Tr. Henderson scored 20 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to lead LHS. Beane added 19 and did most of her scoring in the third quarter with nine points. Morris-Lee finished with 11.

Tr. Henderson also led the Devils in a home game against West Point last Tuesday. The Pointers beat Lancaster, 40-28. 

Tr. Henderson scored 10 points, while Beane and Scott chipped in eight apiece. 

Junior varsity

Although coach Joanne Webb-Fary turned over the varsity coaching reins to Scott, there’s still a younger version of Webb-Fary on the bench. Her daughter, Emily Webb, is leading the JV girls team. 

Webb was the head JV coach at Gloucester High School for two years and is now an assistant physical education teacher at West Point Elementary. She has already had success early in her first year of coaching at Lancaster. 

The JV Lady Devils are unbeaten at 4-0 and picked up a 28-19 win over West Point last Tuesday.

Webb returns five, including four of her starters. Freshmen guards Nia Curry, Jasmyn Tomlin and freshmen forwards Diamond Taylor and Kevilyn Harcum return to start along with eighth-grade guard Skylar Henderson, who has earned a spot in the starting five in her first season. Also returning is freshman forward Khanija Waters. 

“Skylar is a great ballhandler and she is game smart,” said Webb. “Those five girls, plus Skylar, all played together and have middle school experience. 

“I do have three that have never played before and one that played a few years ago but took a year or two off.”

Seeing time in the forward spots will be sophomores Brianna Thomas and Tyler Martin and freshman Shantel Johnson. Freshman Alesha Russell will go in at guard.

Against West Point, Henderson and Harcum started strong to help Lancaster take a 16-8 halftime lead. 

Henderson opened with six points in the first quarter and finished with nine on the night. Harcum scored four in the early minutes and ended with eight. Tomlin did all of her scoring in the third quarter with six of Lancaster’s nine points in the period. 

SCHEDULE 

Dec. 20    Nandua (varsity only)

Dec. 27    Charles City 

Dec. 28    River Rivalry vs. Middlesex 

Jan. 7       at Washington & Lee 

Jan. 9       Colonial Beach 

Jan. 16     at Rappahannock 

Jan. 18     Middlesex

Jan. 21     at Northumberland 

Jan. 24     Essex

Jan. 28     Washington & Lee 

Jan. 30     at Colonial Beach 

Feb. 4      Northumberland 

Feb. 6       Rappahannock 

Feb. 13     at Essex

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