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Basketball preview: Hebron Lions

Hebron's Ashleigh Stanley

Hebron's Ashleigh Stanley

Hebron Christian Lions

BOYS

Region: 8-A

Coach: Will Cantrell

2010-11 record: 5-21

Returning regulars:

Dylan Schulte, Sr., 6-3

Griffin Gambill, Sr., 6-1

Others to watch:

Tyler Matthews, Jr., 5-10

Tyler Skidgel, Jr., 6-2

Outlook: Leading scorer Jack Griffin, who averaged 12.3 points, graduated along with three other players. But returning is Dylan Schulte, who averaged 8.2 points and team-best 6.3 rebounds. He is a three-year starter. Also supplying a veteran presence will be fellow senior Griffin Gambill, another returning starter. Hebron must not only replace Griffin's scoring, but his playmaking. He led the team in assists last season.

Worth noting: The Lions have never made the state tournament since becoming a GHSA member and that remains the goal as Will Cantrell enters his second season as coach. He is the younger brother of Providence Christian baseball coach Adam Cantrell and came to Hebron last year after three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Monroe Area.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

1 Tyler Brasfield 5-8 Jr.

3 Caleb Hawkins 5-10 Soph.

5 Travis Burchfield 6-2 Soph.

10 Griffin Gambill 6-1 Sr.

14 Cory Johnson 5-9 Fr.

15 Tyler Matthews 5-10 Jr.

21 Zach Martinez 5-10 Jr.

22 Ryan Thomas 6-2 Jr.

23 Tyler Skidgel 6-2 Jr.

31 Rob Harrison 6-2 Sr.

33 Derek Vandiver 5-10 Soph.

34 Dylan Schulte 6-3 Sr.

GIRLS

Region: 8-A

Coach: Bryan Bartley

2010-11 record: 14-15

Returning regulars:

None

Players to watch:

None listed

Outlook: The Lions must completely rebuild under new coach Bryan Bartley after making the state tournament last season with a senior-dominated team. The only returning player from a year ago is sophomore Ashleigh Stanley. Six promising freshman join two seniors and two sophomores to give hope for the future. Led by Jalisa Tucker, Hebron went 10-4 during the regular season in Region 8-A play last season and qualified for a state tournament preliminary game, where the Lions defeated Holy Innocents' 44-40. Tucker had 28 points and 10 rebounds in that game.

Worth noting: Bartley was hired this summer to replace Rick Burlingame as Hebron athletics director and added the duties of girls basketball coach after volleyball coach Judy Conner had filled in last season. Bartley coached the Landmark Christian boys when Kentucky and NBA player Randolph Morris was there and served as an assistant with the Auburn men under former coach Jeff Lebo.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

1 Rachel Anderson 5-3 Soph.

5 Ashleigh Stanley 5-0 Soph.

11 Mini Schulte 5-10 Sr.

12 Tatum Williams 5-4 Fr.

20 Taryn Higgins 5-9 Sr.

21 Brooke Davis 5-10 Fr.

23 Amber Skidgel 6-0 Fr.

24 Jozie Lewis 5-9 Fr.

32 Kristian Martinez 5-6 Fr.

33 Hannah Lentz 5-5 Fr.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 15 at Greenforest

Nov. 22 East Jackson

Nov. 25 Monroe Area

Nov. 29 Greenforest

Dec. 3 at Apalachee

Dec. 6 at N. Oconee

Dec. 9 George Walton

Dec. 16 at Social Circle

Dec. 17 Athens Christian

Dec. 21 E. Jackson at Phillips Arena

Dec. 28-30 at East Jackson tourney

Jan. 6 Athens Academy

Jan. 10 Prince Avenue

Jan. 13 Riverside

Jan. 14 at Tallulah Falls

Jan. 17 Lakeview

Jan. 20 at Towns County

Jan. 27 at Commerce

Jan. 31 Social Circle

Feb. 3 at George Walton

Feb. 4 at Athens Christian

Feb. 7 at Athens Academy

Feb. 10 at Prince Avenue