The Lower Richland girls basketball team enters the new season with more uncertainty than at any time over the past seven years.
“We;’re a much younger team than we had in recent years, but I’m looking forward to mixing it up to see what they have,” said veteran coach Debbie Stroman, who is closing in on a significant career milestone.
The Diamond Hornets improved to 2-1 with a 43-39 win over Blythewood in the regular season opener on Nov. 30. That puts Stroman’s LR record at 394-194, six short of the 400 win mark.
Though young, Lower Richland does have a decent foundation of experience with the return of senior forward Bea Williams, senior guard Staci Harris and sophomore guard Jasmine Richardson.
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Stroman has high hopes for Breyshay Johnson, a 5-10 freshman low post player.
The Diamond Hornets are gearing up for the start of the Region 5-4A season on Dec. 14.
“Being in a different region again makes preparing for conference play that much harder,” said Stroman. “We don't know the teams or players. I hope we can hold our own.”
LR had another outstanding season a year ago, even though three significant winning streaks came to and end – regular season, region season and state playoffs. Still, the Diamond Hornets ended up in a three way tie for the Region 3-3A title (for its fifth straight conference title) and they advanced to the Final Four for the fifth year in a row.
Lower Richland’s run of four consecutive state championships and 23 straight postseason wins came to an end in a 59-46 loss to Daniel in the 3 Upper State title game.