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Webb starring on hardwood for UVA Wise

Kevin Mays • Dec 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Last week was a good one for Cynita Webb.

The Virginia-Wise senior was named the South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball player of the week after averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 87-64 SAC win over Mars Hill and 64-62 league loss to No. 17 Anderson.

Against Anderson, Webb held reigning SAC and NCAA Division II Southeast Region player of the year Alexy Mollenhauer to three points and 0-for-8 shooting from the floor.

Webb is averaging 18.5 points and 12.3 rebounds this season, helping the program get off to a 4-2 start and 1-1 mark in SAC play.

For her career, Webb has 907 points and 744 rebounds. She’s on pace to become the first women’s basketball player at UVA Wise to reach both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds since the school began playing at the NCAA Division II level.

Second in the scoring and rebounding category for Jamie Cluesman’s team is Kalee Johnson, a former Happy Valley standout. The redshirt junior is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in her best season thus far at UVA Wise.

LEADING THE WASPS

Emory & Henry’s women’s basketball is off to one of its best starts with a 6-1 mark, including an 84-80 overtime win in its Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener against Washington and Lee.

Two E&H seniors, Sydnee McKinney (Union) and Peyton Williams (Northwood) lead the Wasps, averaging 17.1 points and 10.1 rebounds apiece per game. McKinney is also averaging 2.7 steals and 1.4 blocks, and Williams is averaging 1.9 steals.

E&H’s Kara Stafford (Sullivan East) is averaging 8.4 ppg and Tori Powers (Gate City) is averaging 6.0 ppg.

NEW KIDS IN TOWN

Another women’s basketball team is making some noise in Southwest Virginia.

Southwest Virginia Community College — in the first year of the program’s existence — is undefeated through its first five games. The Eagles, 3-0 in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 10 Division II standings, are just two games behind USC Salkehatchie in the 12-team region.

“I think we have been the surprise of the conference so far this season,” said Eagles coach Thad Lambert, a former high school coach at Lebanon and Tennessee High. “All the credit goes to the girls. Most of them came in as complete strangers, but over the past year they have bonded. And to watch them play, it looks like they all grew up playing together. They are unselfish and just care about winning.”

Four players are averaging double figures in scoring. Malou Savanna of Denmark averages 20.2 points and six rebounds per game. Jamyya Knox, who hails from Logan, West Virginia, is averaging 15.2 points, four rebounds and three steals. Daniel Boone alum Olivia Miller averages 12.2 ppg, and former Dobyns-Bennett star Ta-Tionna White is knocking down 10.6 points and snagging eight boards a game.

Tennessee High graduates Lynleigh Rhodes and Hailie Hatcher are averaging 8.2 and 8.0 ppg.

Southwest is back in action Monday at home against Appalachian Bible College then takes on Wake Technical College on Dec. 14.

BASEBALL SIGNINGS

Two Southwest Virginia high school stars plan to sign letters of intent on Friday to continue their careers on the collegiate diamond.

Gate City’s Jon Compton will sign with Walters State and Justin Reed of Twin Springs will sign with UVA Wise.

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