Indian Basketball teams prepare for Region Finish
By Rip Ripley
The Orangeburg Prep Lady Indians are off to a 12-8 record to start the season under Coach Jan Stoudenmire. Led by junior guards Victoria Williams and Ashlyn Fralix, the Lady Indians have taken on a tough non-region schedule in hopes of competing for the region crown. Seniors Angelica Iglesias, Kelsey Racey, Alexis Baltzegar, Sheena Patel, and Jessica Davis have all played major roles on the team this season. Newcomers Shivani Patel, Lauren Arant, Morgan Baltzegar and Brook Nettles are showing improvement and have contributed to the team’s success. Coach Stoudenmire commented, “This team is playing as hard as any team in the state. They are working hard every day, and we are hoping that we can get healthy and finish the season strong.” The Lady Indians are currently second in the region and hope to secure a spot in the state playoffs at the end of the season.
The Orangeburg Prep Boys Basketball team has struggled out of the gate to some stiff competition. With a current record of 3-16, Indians coach Rip Ripley hopes that the tough competition early will pay off in region play. “There are pros and cons to different kinds of schedules. For this season, we have really been through the wringer early, and we will hope that it has prepared us for region opponents.” With only four returning players from last season’s squad, OP turns to its trio of seniors for leadership. Tim Schriver, JJ Union, and Beaty Hughes are all starters on the Indian team this season, and are all managing hefty minutes early on. Junior Kai Legette-Gideon has emerged as the leader on the court averaging 14.7 ppg while also leading the team in assists, steals, and blocks. Juniors Addison Jeffcoat, Will Williamson, and Hart Harley (injured) are joined by sophomores Huntley Wolfe (injured), Griffin Provost-Wassell, and Aakash Patel on the Varsity roster. JV players Scoville Reynolds and Bill Metts have also seen time on Varsity this season.