NEW SUMMERFIELD —
The New Summerfield High School girl's basketball team has weathered the storm, so-to-speak.
Forced to compete in the Overton Tournament in the final week of December without the services of two starters who were away on family vacations, the team's record took an understandable hit — the Lady Hornets are now 13-8 on the year (1-0 in district) — but the NS ladies still managed to hold onto their state ranking as the team checked in at No. 24 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches/Texas Prep Basketball magazine poll, which came out on Monday.
Head coach Josh Faucett's outfit opened the year ranked No. 8 in Class A-I, and have continued to chart in the poll each week despite having taken on a very ambitious and challenging non-conference schedule that has seen the Lady Hornets play several Class 3-A and 2-A teams.
Last Friday the Lady Hornets raised the drape on their conference docket by blistering Alto, 57-28.
Simone Derrett kick started the NS effort by scoring 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and pulled down 11 rebounds, both game highs.
Maritzza Melendez tossed in 17 points, which included three triples, and Ramie Weaver and Kokis Vargas added eight points apiece.
For the season, Melendez leads the Lady Hornets in scoring (15.3 ppg), with Derrett accounting for 12.5 points a night.
Weaver knocks down just south of nine points per game.
Melendez, Derrett and Weaver are all seniors.
Cindy Medellin has been a force in the lane for the Lady Hornets all season and leads the team in rebounding (9.2 rpg).
The NS girls return to Hornet Gymnasium for a 5 p.m. league contest with Cushing (13-7, 0-1) on Friday.