Glenville State hoops set to tip-off tonight
GLENVILLE — Finally, the Glenville State College basketball teams are ready to hit the hardwood.
GSC is set to open Mountain East Conference action with a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. today with the Pioneer women taking on West Virginia State with the men’s game following.
Third-year Pioneer men’s head coach Justin Caldwell had nine players average 14 or more minutes during last year’s 14-15 campaign, which featured an 11-11 mark in the MEC. However, the only two players returning from that group are lone active senior guard Hegel Augustin and sophomore guard Seth Fallon. Augustin was third on the team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.6 rpg) while also finishing second in blocked shots with 36. Fallon, a former first team Class AAA all-stater at Parkersburg South, averaged nearly 19 minutes an outing and put up 4 points and 2.3 rebounds a game.
Coach Caldwell will be relying on seven juniors to help fortify the team and he’s expecting big things from guard John Williams (Barton Community College) and forward Adrian Scarborough, who averaged 8.8 pts, 5.2 boards and nearly 2 dimes a game last year for Brunswick Junior College.
Nick Edwards, a guard from Palm Beach State College, finished last season with averages of 15.4 points, 5.4 assists and 4.1 boards. Providing more depth at guard will be Rian Carter (University at Albany) and Justin Gadry (Fitchburg State) as well as Zane Desouza and Nicolas Dierynick, who averaged 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists for Central Maine CC. Desouza finished his last year at Wayne County CC with averages of 12.2 points, nearly 4 boards and also shot 45% from deep.
The Pioneer men were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll.
Fifth-year GSC head women’s coach Kim Stephens’ program appears to be loaded and ready to make another run in the NCAA Division II tournament. The Pioneers have won the MEC regular season and also advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of Stephens’ previous years.
Victoria Brown (5.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Abby Stoller (5.1 ppg, team-best 5.4 rpg) will be joined in the senior class by Wichita State University transfer Vendela Dannielsson, who averaged nearly 15 points a game as a sophomore at Broward Junior College.
The veteran team for coach Stephens boasts a 10-member strong junior class, including former Roane County Raider and Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year Lucille Westfall, who is currently sidelined.
Re’Shawna Stone (16.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, team-highs of 87 assists and 55 steals) was named first team all-MEC last winter. Zakiyah Winfield (17.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 78 assists, 42 turnovers, 46 steals) earned a second team all-MEC nod while Taychaun Hubbard will be out to improve upon her near 10 points and 5 boards per outing.
GSC also returns juniors Kaylee Pierce (28 games, 4.9 ppg), Makayla Pierce (13 games, 3.2 ppg) and Mashayla Cecil (26 games, 3.5 ppg).
The junior transfers include Jada Mitchell of Coastal Bend College. She averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists a season ago. Dazha Congleton came in from Marshall University where she saw action in 13 games with eight starts and produced 5.5 points and 3.8 boards a game. Forward Tyesha Taylor put up 17.7 points and led John A. Logan College with 9.4 rebounds a game as a sophomore.
Following today’s contest, the Pioneers will be at home on Sunday afternoon when Charleston invades and then again on Wednesday evening when Davis & Elkins comes to the Waco Center.
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