A look back at the Pre-Season predictions from our contributing writers……..
Here are the Top Ten Guilford County girls coaches and how their teams should fare this year. It was a very close race as far as positioning goes.
1. Krystal Britton: Dudley: Won State Championship last season and have a great
nucleus of players returning. Her teams have always advanced deep into the playoffs
and she should have been Coach of the Year in this area last year. Key returning
starters in Breonna Patterson, Desiree Drayton, Chell Jackson and the return of
Amanda Harrison should give the Panthers a dominant presence. Also there are a slew
of players that saw extended playing time in Kierra McIvor, KK Rouse and Ebony Goins
whom all will be vying for a starting position. Key loss will be the leadership of
two time Conference player of the year and Guilford County Player of the Year,
Charleston Southern signee Helen Terry.
2. Darlene Joyner: Northwest: This could be the year that NWG breaks through. They
have always gotten off to a great start and have had high State rankings, only to
whither early in post season play. They have a great experience crew returning led
by Conference Player of the Year Melissa Foures, Gretchen Bennett and Hannah
Mcintosh. Coach Joyner does a great job in getting her squad to run half court sets
with picks and back door passes. They shoot very well from the perimeter and free
throw line. If they can get solid play from other starting players and reserves, do
not be surprise if they go deep into the playoffs.
3. Kim Furlough: Northern Guilford: Coach Furlough has really kept this team
together in the aftermath of what happen concerning the boys. Her team has improved
over its first year of varsity play and now those Freshmen and Sophomore players are
now Juniors and Seniors with a lot of experience. Led by returning starters,Two time
All Conference Player Samantha Cofer, Molly Tohmaseb, Kelly Tessitore and key
players in Vontrese Hayes,Taneesha Williamson, there was no Sarah Apple, but there was a very hard-working Jessica Johnson, Alexis Robinson and Asia
Milton, this team should walk away with the 3A Conference Title. Coach Kim should
get her first Conference Coach of the Year Award and look for Northern to challenge
for the State Championship trophy.
4. Shawn Newton: South East: Coach Shawn teams are always pretty good. They are well coached and have a nice system in place. Yes, they loss Amy Beasley and South
Carolina State signee Paris Alston. They loss Haley Hackett a year before and still
came back and won 20 games or more. They have some key returning starters in
Brittany Price, A. Mcneil, Julissa Anderson and several other keep players that
played significantly last year. Look for them to be at the top come February and to
advance in the State tournaments.
5. Brian Robinson: Bishop McGuinness: Coach Robinson program has set the bar for
winning State Championships. No other team in the area or State can make that claim.
They ae the most fundamentally sound team in the area led by one of the top recruits
in the State Megan Buckland. They have some players whom will have to contribute
immediately this year in the likes of Sarah Coon, Erin Fitzgerald, Gabby Mortis and
others. If they have lost Whitney Knight to transfer, they will find a way to fill
her shoes. They always do. That is why they are called “The Home of Champions”. This
could be one of his most challenging seasons.
6. Jessica Bryan: Southwest Guilford: One of the bright young coaches on the rise.
After leaving Southern Guilford she has made great head way into the SWG program.
Her squad had a strong finish and the 14-13 record should be much improved this
season. She has some of the best players in the area returning in Zena Lovette,
Shannon Buchannan, Cheynenne Parker and Brittany Mercer. They can play uptempo or a half court game. She will get the most out of her players and the magic mark of 20
wins is not out of reach. A great start will help tp validate that. A strong season
could lead to Coach of the Year honors to her resume.
7. Debbie Jones: Page: The 9-14 record of last year was just that. Folks who know
Coach Jones knows that will not be the case this year. She has an unstoppable guard
in Chevena Pickard who could carry any team on any night and should have a great
season to add to her already impressive highschool career. The experience that
Portia Oakley, Brittany Drew and Ashley Fowler brings will help with that turn
around in Pirate Basketball. Winning 15 or more games is more than reachable. If
they get on a hot streak and play consistant, then 20 wins could happen.
8. Kenny Carter: High Point Central: Coach Carter is more like in the top three
because of the success that he has had. Last years team struggled at times because
of lack of experience. Look for the likes of Cedrica Gibson, Megan Tate, Brittany
Gywnn and company to raise eye brows this year. Coach Carter believes in a well
discipline team and now he must get his team to buy into it in order for them to get
the desired results which is called “WINS”. As the season progress, look for HPC to
be in the top 5 at the Christmas break.
9. Weaver Walden: High Point Andrews: Coach Walden finally got his players to play
together and the result were outstanding. They improved from 8-14 to 16-11. The loss
of Campbell signee Tonisha Baker will be huge. He has Jackson coming back and that
should be a very comparable replacement to help lead his squad. It might be asking a
lot to repeat last season 16-11 record, but knowing coach Walden, he may even
10. Brandon Apple: Northeast: Coach Apple squad is ripe for a good season. After
being one of the top a few years ago, they had to regroup this last season. They
will be in a new conference and that should serve them well and allow them to get
off to a great start. They will need much needed scoring and winning 14 games could