Ridge View, with three starters back and the return of a former standout player in place, will be looking to improve on last season’s 14-7 girls basketball showing. The Blazers finished third in Region 4-4A with a 6-4 conference mark and were eliminated from the state playoffs in the first round by Northwestern.
Seniors Destiny White, Maya Adams and Nicole Jones are the returning starters in tow, and the addition of Jazzmine Johnson, a senior guard who has signed by Seton Hall, to the fold give the Blazers a whole new mindset this winter.
“With Destiny (top scorer and top assist player on 08-09), Maya (top rebounder and defender) and Nicole (second leading scorer), we were all ready expecting to come into this season and be very competitive,” said coach Terrence Gibson.
“But that all change with Jazzmine moving back home for her senior year and the addition of Elizabeth Styles. Both girls are explosive and selfless which made us a better. Now we are looking to be one of the better teams in the state. Victoria Marshall and Nikia Squire both were huge contributors to our team success last year as freshman. With all that being said, our freshman class is very strong and will push these girls for playing time as well as starting positions. This could be the most talented team that ever came in at Ridge View.”
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White, a 5-9 guard, averaged 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals a year ago. Adams, a 5-11 post player, averaged 6.3 points, 8.6 rebounds. Jones, a 5-10 post, averaged 6.3 points, 5.3 boards and 1.4 steals. Styles, Marshall and Squire give the Blazers impressive depth and flexibility in the backcourt to compliment White and Johnson.
“With the young and very talented Spring Valley team being in our region it would seem to be a battle for second place for everybody else,” said Gibson.
“But we have eyes set for making a run for the region title.”