Fortunes have turned for the South Hagerstown girls basketball camp in recent months.
There certainly isn’t any reason to think that will change for the 2012-13 season.
For years, South was the epitome of how not to build a program. Things never worked out for the Rebels.
From 2006-08, the Rebels were winless.
From 2002-05, South won a total of nine games.
That meant plenty of losses.
The turn began when South collected seven wins in 2008-09; 12 wins in 2009-10 and — after a dropoff to four in 2010-11 — the Rebels put 17 wins in the books last year.
When the Rebels open the new campaign on Wednesday at home against Winters Mill, it will begin a season with tremendous expectations, due in part to the return of the “Terrific Trio” of juniors Katrice Dickson, Chelsey Scott and Tayana Stewart.
There is even talk of a state tournament in Class 3A, not out of the realm of possibility if everything stays status quo for the Rebels.
“I hope we can because we have the talent,” South coach Nate Naylor said.
There will be an air of optimism at Boonsboro as the Warriors look to work off their 12-12 record from a year ago.
“I am cautiously optimistic,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “I think we’ll compete with everyone on our schedule. We have players that are excited and hard working.”
Senior forward Shannon O’Brien, a 6-foot center, is a returning starter and averaged six rebounds a game. Now, she’ll be expected to add some scoring.
Along with O’Brien, Boonsboro has some height with 6-foot senior Tiffany Bowman in the post, backed up by 5-11 junior Jordan Bingamin. Kristyn Davis, Katie Sheridan and Samantha Smith are all senior guards, along with junior guard Claudia Jenkins.
“We’ve got some depth and some basketball players that understand the game,” Connelly said.
Eric Boone takes over at Broadfording and will look straight to his daughter to lead the Lions.
Jade Boone, a 5-6 junior, will be the “do-all” player for the Lions this year as Broadfording tries to replace Katie Connolly and her 18.7 points per game.