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Hebron Girls Basketball Season Preview

Hebron’s Jozie Lewis

Hebron’s Jozie Lewis

COACH: Merideth Drake

2012-13 RECORD: 17-15

RETURNING REGULARS:

Ashleigh Stanley, 5-2, Jr.

Hannah Lentz, 5-7, Jr.

Brooke Davis, 5-10, Jr.

Jozie Lewis, 5-11, Jr.

Tatum Williams, 5-5, Jr.

Lexi Kent, 5-9, Jr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Madison Cagle, 5-7, Soph.

Yarimel Ramirez-Williams, 5-4, Soph.

OUTLOOK: The Lions lost their head coach and leading scorer since last season ended. Bryan Bartley resigned as coach and he’s been replaced by Merideth Drake. She inherits a team that lost its go-to scorer, Amber Skidgel. Skidgel, a junior who transferred to Archer, averaged 21.7 points last season, trailing only Naismith national player of the year Diamond DeShields of Norcross among Gwinnett players. Filling that offensive void will be tough, but Drake is eager to rebuild the program around a big group of juniors who return from a state playoff team. Ashleigh Stanley, Hannah Lentz, Brooke Davis and Jozie Lewis are expected to step up their scoring this season, while fellow juniors Tatum Williams and Lexi Kent also are important players.

WORTH NOTING: Lewis was the team’s second-leading rebounder behind Skidgel last season. Stanley and Lentz were the two leaders in assists. … Bartley left his position as girls basketball coach and athletic director for a job at Montrose Christian (Md.). He went 30-26 in his two seasons with the Lions. … Drake, a Dacula grad, is an elementary music teacher at Hebron.

FAST FACT: Hebron returned to the state playoffs last season after missing out in Bartley’s first season. The Lions had a very successful run under previous coach Betsy Hensley, reaching the state playoffs from 2005-2008 with one state Final Four appearance.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 15 at Pinecrest

Nov. 19 Monroe Area

Nov. 22 East Jackson

Nov. 26 Landmark

Dec. 3 Mt. Pisgah

Dec. 6 George Walton

Dec. 7 at Pacelli

Dec. 13 at Providence

Dec. 14 Athens Christian

Dec. 20 King’s Ridge

Dec. 27-28, 30 East Jackson Holiday Bash (boys)

Jan. 3 at Athens Academy

Jan. 7 Prince Avenue

Jan. 10 Tallulah Falls (girls)

Jan. 11 Pinecrest

Jan. 14 at Towns County

Jan. 17 Lakeview

Jan. 24 at Commerce

Jan. 28 Athens Academy

Jan. 31 at George Walton

Feb. 1 Providence

Feb. 4 at Athens Christian

Feb. 7 at Prince Avenue