Young talent leading Royals into 2018-19 season

PRINCE GEORGE - Three starters are returning to a Prince George Girls Basketball team that will look to improve upon last year’s record of 10-11.

The Royals will no longer be led by Taylor Stevens, who graduated last year after scoring over 1,000 points in her high school career with Prince George. But the Royals will be led by a talented group that includes skilled sophomore post player Thaydn Harpin, outside scoring threat and multisport athlete Rachael Blumenschine, all-round player and sophomore Savana Goodson and multisport athlete Annie Fulmore.

This year’s group - Prince George Girls Basketball head coach ShaVohn Curley said - is younger, but more versatile.

“I have more options to choose from as far as substitutions go,” Curley said, adding of her Royals: “They will be a little quicker than last year’s team, and our shooters now have a little more varsity experience under their belt.”

Curley did note that chemistry will always be an obstacle for their program to overcome because they “have so many girls playing various other sports, so it’s sometimes hard to keep the girls together all year.”

When it comes to the takeaway-type matchups that the Royals can build upon while eyeing the postseason, Curley said that Hopewell - last year’s Class 3 state runner-up - is always a competitive matchup for them.

“I enjoy the excitement leading up to the game,” Curley said. “They are a program that I like to use as a test to see how we should hold up against other teams in our district/conference.”