For Women’s Basketball Team, It’s Time to Shine
MDC’s women’s athletic programs soared last season, with the Sharks winning a national title in softball and a state championship in volleyball. Now, basketball coach Susan Summons feels it’s time for her team to shine.
Summons’ club, with an 11-15 record last season, begins play this fall with the return of two starters, 5-foot-11 forward Ashley Wilkes and 5-foot-4 point guard Tori Stephens.
Wilkes made the All-State team last season, averaging 18.9 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2.9 assists and 2.9 steals. “She’s one of the top 15 junior-college players in the country,” Summons said.
Last season, Wilkes showed her talents when she scored 45 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against Central Florida Community College.
Stephens made second-team All-Conference last season and will run the team on the court.
Summons also praised sophomores such as 5-foot-8 shooting guard Camila Mejía; Kandis Frederick, a 5-foot-11 forward; and Ksenija Knezevic, a 5-foot-10 forward.
Among the team’s eight newcomers are 5-foot-11 guard Kiana Morton, 6-foot-1 center Smiljana Cuk, 6-foot forward Tyesha West, 6-foot forward Tynes Bradshaw and 5-foot-8 point guard Melanie Ducott.
“This team has natural chemistry and tremendous passers,” Summons said.
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