High School Sports

Preview: River Bluff basketball

River Bluff basketball enters its inaugural season with high hopes but little experience.

The first-year Gators will compete for one season in Region 4-3A before moving up to the 4A level in 2014-15. Megan Assyer, who did good work last season at Brookland-Cayce, is the head girls coach, while Ben R. Lee is the charged with building the boys program from the ground up.

“Aggressive play, controlling turnovers, and rebounding will huge factors in the overall success of our team in the first season of play,” said Assey.

River Bluff’s projected starters in the backcourt are sophomore Daysia Grady and juniors Darnecia Sylve and Hannah Cotton with juniors Kala Windham and Destiny Muller up front.

Junior guards Kennedy Hawkins and Logan Hinson and forwards Michaela Long and Brianna Valvano are also in the mix for playing time.

Lee said sophomore guard Jamie Clark, senior forward Logan Stills and junior forward Aaron McCall are players to watch.

It should be a learning experience for a first time program with a first-year coach,” said Lee. “We play hard every game.”

The Gators’ regular season opened in Dec. 2 at Gilbert with the home opener on Dec. 6 against Pelion.