leaves from season to season, there always seems to be young talent waiting in the wings. Lexii Chatman may get top billing on this year’s squad — and rightly so as she paced the Lady Rams with 16.3 ppg last season. Kayla Smith is gone, but players like junior Jurnee Smith and should step up and fill in the voids well. The Lady Rams haven’t missed the postseason since the 2008-09 season, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to think they will miss it this season. Newton got off to a strong start to its regular season Friday with a 67-58 win over a talented Henry County squad where four players scored in double figures, including freshman Je-neya Smith who led with 19 points.
Coach Says: “Obviously it starts with our defense, but we also want the kind of offense that will get us get us production without having to depend too much on one person to carry us. The way we played (Friday), we made some mistakes and we created some turnovers. We have to get better with our execution, but I like the mental toughness we showed in how we kept them off when they tried to battle back. Je-neya Smith, I’m proud of the way she’s looking even as a freshman. That’s what we’re hoping to get out of her and all of our younger players this year.”