BY PHILIP M. BOWMAN
The Summerville High School girls' basketball team enjoyed another banner regular season with a perfect record in Region 8-AAAA.
The theme of the season might have been "Twice as Nice" because the Wave duplicated last year's fete of posting a perfect record in league play. The conference winning streak will be at 23 games when next season begins.
But for now, the Green Wave is focused on the present, which includes making a deep run in the playoffs. Summerville made three appearances in the state title game from 1998-2000 when Teresa Kendle was the coach. Each time, the Green Wave's bid came up short.
"I think girls' basketball in this state has gotten better over the years, and that's a good thing," Green Wave coach Matt Legare said. "It is hard to get past so many foes. But we will keep trying."
There's a big difference between a region and state title, and the Green Wave wants it all.
"We talk about winning the region every year," Legare said. "That's near the top of our pyramid of goals. We're excited to have accomplished that. It's quite an accomplishment, especially since I feel the quality of play in our region has improved."
Leading Summerville are Heather Chapman, Zuri Green, Rodnesha Capers, Dalexis Green and Ashley Green.
Chapman averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds in the regular season, Zuri Green tallied 12 points and 7.0 rebounds a game, and Capers added 10.4 points and 3.0 steals. Ashley Green led the team in the regular season with 4.0 steals and 4.0 assists per outing.
"You need more than five starters," Legare said. "You need them when you hit the region part of the schedule, late in the year, when you try to avoid fizzling out. We have eight players who come off the bench and accept their roles."
For Zuri Green, the team concept has proven successful.
"My teammates help me," she said. "I work hard for them because they work hard for me and the team. Our goals are the same: success for the team."