Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 27, 2012

New Summerfield girls ranked No. 8 in state for second-straight week

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

NEW SUMMERFIELD —  The New Summerfield Lady Hornets' white-hot start — the NS girls are 6-1 on the year and have notched victories over West Rusk (Class 2-A, state ranked) and Troup (Class 2A) — has possibly drawn more attention state-wide than it has within the boundaries of New Summerfield proper.

In what has become one of the leading sports secrets around these parts, for the second-consecutive week the Lady Hornets have been slotted in the No. 8 position in the Texas Girls Coaching Association Class A, Division I poll.

“I'm not sure everyone around New Summerfield has learned about our ranking, so things have been quiet and normal around here,” Lady Hornet head coach, Josh Faucett, who also serves as the New Summerfield High School principal, said.

Faucett says that he was somewhat taken back when he first learned of his team's lofty positioning, and that the ranking can be good, but with it comes with a bad side as well.

“It was a surprise to me when we first saw it,” Faucett said Monday. “It's an honor for our program, but it is still early yet and I'm not sure if the voters have got everything sorted out right or not.

“The drawback to being ranked so high, is that it puts a target on our backs and every team that we play will be trying even harder to beat us now.”

Girl's basketball at New Summerfield has not performed at this level since the early 1970's, although the team was ranked as high as No. 24 early last season.

Faucett said that a top-10 ranking doesn't mean that the Lady Hornets are ready for the playoffs and that the answers to several important questions still have to be determined.

“We're still trying to figure out who we are as a team right now,” Faucett said. “We have five real experienced kids and then a group of younger girls that play behind them that are unproven for the most part and we're still trying to find out who can do what out on the court.”

The Lady Hornets, who host Overton at 5 p.m. tonight, average nearly 52 points a game, with three of the team's senior leaders accounting for right at 38 of those points.

Maritzza Melendez leads the team in scoring (17 ppg), while Simone Derrett knocks down just south of 14 points a game.

Ramie Weaver is averaging 7.1 ppg.

Cindy Medellin is New Summerfield's top rebounder (8.3 caroms a game), with Derrett adding six boards an outing.

Cristal Zuniga chips in nearly five rebounds per game also.

Melendez leads the team in steals and assists, averaging 4.3 and 4.6, respectively.