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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.”

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