Four returnees to lead Lady Chargers Basketball
by Tom Chillemi
The 2012-13 Middlesex High School varsity girls basketball team has two seniors and two juniors returning from last year’s Tidewater District Tournament championship team.
“These four players saw significant playing time last year and should be prepared to lead our team while our new players are learning the system,” said MHS head coach Neil Wake.
Nila Robinson, a senior, “will be counted on heavily for tough inside scoring,” said Wake.
The other returning senior is Shannon Bristow, who Wake describes as “a gritty defensive stopper who can also hit the 3-pointers on offense.”
The returning juniors are Brittin Payne, “who is a strong leader and very good rebounder,” and Grace Rutkowski, who can play all positions and “will be counted on heavily in all areas,” said Wake.
Brooke Rowe, a former player, has returned for her senior year. “Brooke gives us size inside and helps with rebounding,” said Wake.
The Lady Chargers have “a very talented group” moving up from the junior varsity to the varsity this year.
Freshmen Monica Ward and Avis Keeling, and sophomore Giovonne Reed “will all have an opportunity at the point guard and off-guard positions this year,” said Wake. “They should allow us to put pressure on the ball at all times.”
Sophomore Dana Hunter, along with freshmen Zinnie Reed and Tambria Wake, will see action at small forward and power forward, Wake said. “Dana and Tambria bring speed to the wing and Zinnie is a natural scorer.”
Sophomore Gabby Hopkins will get playing time at center, Wake added. “When Gabby plays with energy, she is a force inside.”
“I am pleased with the way this group from the JV has been prepared for their journey this year,” said Wake. “They are going to mature during the year and, with our returning players, it should be a special year. We will continue to work until we are as close to perfect as we can get.
“We need everyone to come out and show love to the Lady Chargers program,” said Wake. “We are going to work to do our fans proud, and we don’t want anyone to miss it.”
The MHS girls basketball teams opened the season at W&L on November 20, and will play at Colonial Beach on Monday, November 26.
The Lady Chargers’ first home game is Friday, November 30, against Northumberland. The JV team plays at 6 p.m., and the varsity team plays at 7:30 p.m.