The week of Thanksgiving is a favorite week among many high school-aged kids for one major reason – no school. But the grind continues if one is a basketball player as this past Monday evening at Catawba Ridge HS displayed.
The MillTown Varsity Classic was held with girls games taking place at the home of the 4A school and boys contests emanating from nearby Fort Mill. It is fitting that Catawba Ridge hosts an early season tournament given how it has put itself firmly on the girls basketball map in only a few years of existence.
Prep Girls Hoops made the trip to the home of the Copperheads for Monday’s games. Here are some more noteworthy performances from guards and floor generals who had their balling shoes on.
One can count on Postel to bring it for four quarters (or two halves) in every game she plays – whether it is wearing the dark green and Vegas gold of the 4A Copperheads or the purple of Lady Attack Elite during the travel season. What makes Postel so effective is her versatility. She is a tall 5-foot-11 and has the frame of a four or a five while logging plenty of minutes as a one or two guard. Postel keeps her hands and arms outstretched on defense as she has plenty of length. She can switch on who she defends and can put points on the scoreboard via finishing at the rim or shooting from range. Rebounding and passing are two other strong points of her game. Postel finished with 25 points (including seven from 3-point land) in a resounding Copperheads effort against 2A Chesterfield.
When Chinn is in, the Rebels can be in position to win. One can count on Chinn to attack the rim on plenty of occasions when she has the ball in her hands. Those penetrations to the basket will often result in her drawing contact and putting points on the board via the free throw line. Chinn remains active even when she does not have the ball in her hands. She approaches every game she plays with a fearless attitude and can change directions quickly when she is possessing the ball. Her speed, passing ability and knack for making tough shots will keep many a defense guessing. Chinn dropped 23 points against Fort Mill.
Overall, the Trojans struggled offensively to put points on the board against the defense of North Myrtle Beach, but Terri proved to be a bright spot for the Hoop State-based school as she paced her team with 13 points. She had occasions where she got to the free throw line on the heels of drawing contact. Terri is active even when she does not have the ball in her hands and that activity enables her to cut to the rim and be on the receiving end of passes near the basket. She understands how to find her way around a defense and accepts tough defensive assignments. Terri recently tallied a career-best 23 points in a matchup vs. Independence on Nov. 18.
First-year Yellow Jackets head coach Nathan Wruble had to be pleased with the production that his team got from its bench when Fort Mill matched up against Strom Thurmond of the 2A ranks. In a matchup that the Yellow Jackets were in control of from start to finish, Chambliss bolstered the team’s offensive output with a 10-point effort. That bench saw plenty of time on the court given the one-sided nature of the contest. Among what she gets accomplished on the court is the ability to make plays in the transition game and come away with strong finishes at the basket. Chambliss primarily plays at the one as a point guard.
This Marker is sure to find her mark as an eighth grader with the 5A Yellow Jackets. In her team’s matchup with 2A Strom Thurmond, Marker managed to give Fort Mill plenty of noteworthy production off of the bench. It was a bench that logged plenty of minutes given the lopsided nature of the contest. Marker managed to find her way to the free throw line on the heels of drawing contact. She is a multi-sport athlete that also participates in the running realm along with her basketball exploits. Marker, who was a call up from the junior varsity Yellow Jackets squad, aided her team’s cause with six points.
While its current crop of seniors and juniors represent the present for the Copperheads girls basketball program, Garvin could symbolize its future. She was in the starting lineup for Catawba Ridge’s matchup on Monday evening against Chesterfield. Garvin is an asset to the team because of how confident she is in her ability to drain 3-point shots. She also does plenty of the little things necessary to ensure the Copperheads are in the win column at the close of a game. She also scored five points en route to the win over the Rams. Fans of Catawba Ridge may want to get acquainted with Garvin – including the fact that she plays for QCAA Girls during the AAU months of spring and summer.