(2009 - 2010) - Basketball Girls

Head Varsity Coach - Angel Stepp
Assistant Coach - Dion Holmes
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On March 4th the Lady Mavs basketball banquet was held and the following players received awards. Leadership-K.B. Brown, Most Improved-Raziya Prince, Best Offense-Morgan Alexander,  Best Newcomer-Kentra Washington, Maverick Award-Tori Whittenberg, and MVP-Breona Blackwell. Also Coach Stepp brought forward all the other reserve players and let the audience know how valuable and important to the the team that these young ladies are. The evening ended on a sad note as Coach Stepp announced to her players and parents that she was resigning her position as coach. If a coaches success can be measured by the love of her players, than Mauldin High sure lost a great coach on this evening. Thanks Coach Stepp for always putting your players first. All of your players will be better people the rest of their lives because they had you has a coach.




February 16, 2010







February 15, 2010

After a first quarter that saw Hillcrest up 8, the Mavs and Rams played dead even the rest of the way and the Hillcrest girls leave Mauldin with a 46-38 point win. An overall poor team shooting night proved too much for the Lady Mavs to overcome. Once again they can be proud of their effort in a tough loss. Leading the way for the Mavs was Tori Whittenberg with 14 points, followed by Breona Blackwell with 8, Kentra Washington 7, Morgan Alexander 4, Raziya Prince 3, and Chandler Floyd 2. Next the Lady Mavs enter the playoffs as a #4 seed, playing on the road at Greenwood Tuesday night against the #1 seeded Eagles. Congratulations to our rival Rams and best of luck too them in the playoffs. Seven of the starters in the MHS-HHS girls rivalry have been teamates in AAU ball and it is great too see the class that the girls compete with and the respect that have for each other.







Tori Whittenberg named to All Tournament Team




Powered by their teams 49% shooting from the floor the Lady Mavs rolled to a 64-40 win at Byrnes Tuesday night. The girls opened up with a 14-3 lead after the 1st Quarter and never looked back. The win brings the Mavs record to 14-8 on the season and 4-5 in the region and secures them a spot in the playoffs next week. Leading the scoring on the evening was Tori Whittenberg with 22 points follwed by Morgan Alexander's 16, Raziya Prince with 12, Breona Blackwell with 6, Kentra Washington 4, and Kristina Brown and Cassy Cuevas added 2 points each. Next up is the spirit week game Friday night against the tough Lady Rams from Hillcrest. 

















February 4, 2010

100% Heart, that's what was on display by the Lady Mavs at Dorman High School Wednesday night. Trailing by 24 points in the 2nd half, the Mavs mounted a furious comeback to cut the lead to 5 with 1:30 to go in the game. The Mavs were forced to foul at the end and Dorman hit their free throws to escape with a 60-51 win. The 7-0 region leading Cavaliers had to leave the floor knowing that Mauldin girls don't give up. They came up short but for the 3rd road game in a row our girls didn't have an ounce of quit in them. It's a shame that these girls only had 6 fans in attendance from Mauldin too support them. I guess 2,300 students and 22,000 citizens all have better things to do. Leading the way with the scoring on the evening was Tori Whittenberg with 22, Morgan Alexander 11, Breona Blackwell and Kentra Washington 8 each, and Chandler Floyd added 2 points. Next up, is Boiling Springs at home on Friday night.




February 3, 2010 

The Lady Mavs gave it there all in a tough game at Spartanburg Tuesday night but in the end fell 45-40 to the Vikings. In a well played game by both teams, a scoring drought in the 2nd Quarter by the Mavs proved costly and too much to overcome. The girls keep knocking on the door of greatness proven by their heart and ability to win the 2nd half 24-22 on the road and put a scare in the Lady Vikings. Leading the way was Morgan Alexander with 18 points followed by Kentra Washington with 8, Raziya Prince 6, and Tori Whittenberg and Breona Blackwell with 4 each. With the loss the Mavs fall to 12-7 on the season and 2-4 in the region. Next up is a trip to Dorman Wednesday night, one of the toughest places in the state for a girls team to get a win.




January 22, 2010
Despite a tremendous effort and a career night by Raziya Prince the Lady Mavs came up on the short end of a 60-54 score at Hillcrest Friday night. Our girls continue to knock on the doors of greatness proven by a 6 point loss on the road against the #5 state ranked Rams. Raziya Prince was on fire as she shot 56% from the floor and 91% from the line on the evening to lead the Mavs with 22 points. Morgan Alexander followed with 16 points, Tori Whittenberg added 7, Breona Blackwell 5, and Kentra Washington 4, to round out the scoring on the night. Next up for the Mavs is a road trip to region leading Dorman next Friday.

January 19, 2010
On Tuesday night against the Byrnes Rebels the Mavs started the game with a 17-4 1st Quarter and never looked back. When the evening was through the girls had a 48-28 win and sole possesion of fourth place in the region with 2-2 record. Tori Whittenberg lead the scoring with 21 points including 6 three pointers on 60% shooting from behind the arc. Fellow sophmores Morgan Alexander and Raz Prince added 12 points each. Morgan continued to rack up the double-doubles with her 11th on the season as she added 12 rebounds to her 12 points on the night.Next up for the Mavs is a short trip down the road on Friday to play some team called Hillcrest. The state ranked Lady Rams are having a great season so far and will present a huge challenge for our young Mavs.
Dorman  42 Hillcrest  40
Spartanburg 74 Boiling Springs 32
Dorman          4-0
Hillcrest       3-1
Spartanburg     3-1
Mauldin         2-2
Byrnes          0-4
Boiling Springs 0-4





January 13, 2010





January 9, 2010



The Lady Mavs lost a hard fought region opening game to Dorman Friday night 62-55. Even though the Mavs won the battle from the 2nd quarter on, they couldn't overcome the hard pressing, hot shooting, 1st quarter that the Cavaliers hit them with. After falling behind 22-9 after one period the Mavs settled down and used good free throw shooting and good effort to get back to a 4 to 6 point margin the rest of the game.For the night Morgan Alexander led the Mavs with 19 points and 11  rebounds to record her 8th double-double of the season. Also chipping in on the scoring was Tori Whittenberg with 16, Raz Prince with 11, Breona Blackwell with 4, and Kentra Washington and Chandler Floyd with 2 points each. Next up for the 10-4 Lady Mavs is a battle with the always tough Spartanburg Vikings on Tuesday Jan. 12th at home.
Hillcrest  81 Boiling Springs 63
Spartanburg  52 Byrnes  44 
Dorman           1-0
Spartanburg      1-0
Hillcrest        1-0
Mauldin          0-1
Byrnes           0-1
Boiling Springs  0-1 


The Lady Mavs played an excellent 1st Quarter to open up the game with a 13-5 lead heading into the 2nd. In the 2nd period the young Mavericks lost all composure with the ball and turned it over to the Vikings 14 times and fell behind 30-19 at the half. In the second half the Mavs played better but still fell in the end to Spartanburg 60-44. Once again the Mavs had won 3/4 of the battle but not the game. This loss drops the Lady Mavs to 10-5 on the season and 0-2 in the region. For the evening Tori Whittenberg had 12 points, followed by Morgan Alexander with 11, Raz Prince 9, Kentra Washington 8, and Breona Blackwell with 4. Some bright spots were Morgan Alexander with her 9th double-double on the season, Kentra Washington with a career high 12 rebounds, and good team free throw shooting once again. Next up for the Mavs is a very important region contest at Boiling Springs Friday night.
  Dorman  82  Boiling Springs 20
Hillcrest 51  Byrnes 31 
Dorman          2-0
Spartanburg     2-0
Hillcrest       2-0
Mauldin         0-2
Byrnes          0-2
Boiling Springs 0-2


January 15, 2010 

In Boiling Springs Friday night the Lady Mavs continued to have at least one quarter each game where they don't play up to par. This time the girls started with a sloppy first quarter and went into halftime down 22-20. During the break Coach Stepp got her team straightened out and they returned to action playing like they are capable of. The Mavs won the 2nd half 26-9 and cruised on in for a 46-31 win. On this night the  Bulldogs didn't have an answer for the one-two punch of Morgan Alexander and Kentra Washington, who combined for 36 points. Morgan recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds.. Kentra added a career high 12 points, Breona Blackwell had 6 and Raz Prince 4.Tori Whittenberg pitched in with 8 assists as the Lady Mavs go to 11-5 on the season and 1-2 in the region. Next up is a crucial matchup with the Byrnes Rebels at home on Tuesday, Jan. 19th.
Hillcrest 48 Spartanburg 47
Dorman    65 Byrnes  31
Dorman          3-0
Hillcrest       3-0
Spartanburg     2-1
Mauldin         1-2
Byrnes          0-3
Boiling Springs 0-3


Whittenberg looking for ways to improve game

Mauldin guard makes team work her priority

By Odell Suttle • Contributing writer • January 13, 2010

A contagious winning attitude combined with the ability to accurately shoot 3-point baskets makes Mauldin High basketball player Tori Whittenberg one of the Mavericks’ most valuable assets. 

The winning started at a young age for Whittenberg. While she was at Mauldin Middle, her team was 33-0 and won two straight Greenville County championships. Heather Perry, Mauldin Middle coach, said she saw the skill Whittenberg possessed and built on it.

“Tori was willing to put the game on her shoulders, and the team knew how much she wanted to win,” Perry said. “She was aggressive and she worked hard. She loved to play basketball and wanted to be there. She was my leading scorer for two years. She ran the point for me and she has adjusted to high school really well and picked up her game.”

While the 3-point shot is what is talked about, Whittenberg doesn’t want that to be called her strong point.

“I try to make the best part of my game being involved with my teammates,” Whittenberg said. “I do work on my 3-pointers. I hit 11 in a scrimmage game but the most I have hit in a regular game was seven.”

According to Mauldin coach Angel Stepp, Whittenberg is averaging 12 points per game and is 26 percent from 3-point range.

“Like most guards that play her position, she needs to understand shot selection; especially when her shot is not falling as well as creating and recognizing tempo when she is at the point position. These are things that will come with experience,” Stepp said.

Whittenberg is always looking for ways to improve her overall game and is working hard on defense and rebounding. She said those areas are behind the offense because, unlike offense, she cannot practice them by herself.



Morgan Alexander in the news 

Alexander growing up quickly for Mavs

Sophomore’s all-around keying Mauldin’s surge

By Odell Suttle
Contributing writer

Guards hitting 3-point shots from long range get the attention of the fans, but the post players inside earn the respect of the coaches.

Morgan Alexander earned All-Region 2-AAAA honors her freshman year at Mauldin while playing inside. Now a sophomore, Alexander said it was a thrill to be recognized by opposing coaches her first year in high school.

“It was a great experience,” Alexander said. “It was shocking because I was new in high school, but it was fun.”

Mauldin coach Angel Stepp said Alexander is a great all-around player for the team and her all-region selection as a freshman proves how much respect other coaches have for her.

“She was all-region last year so probably there should be more talk about her,” Stepp said. “Everybody likes the flashy guards that shoot the 3s. Morgan is the best all-around player I have because she can shoot the jump shot.”

Mauldin starts one senior with four freshmen and sophomores. That has fans talking about the future, but Alexander said the team is good now. If the Mavericks put together a complete game, Alexander is confident they can beat any team on their schedule.

Stepp can see the team and Alexander being much better two years from now.

“Morgan has got to get used to the region,” Stepp said. “We don’t have any slouches in our region. They know who they have to stop when they play Mauldin and they will be keying on her and Tori (Whittenberg) and Raziya (Prince).”

Alexander was a part of the Mauldin Middle School team that went 33-0 and won two consecutive county championships. Playing on the high school level is tougher but more exciting for her.

“High school is more fun and a lot more competitive,” Alexander said. “It is harder but it’s more fun than middle school.”


Even though they were fueled by the backing of 10 fans the 2010 season for the Lady Mavs ends on the road at Greenwood, where our girls fell to a strong Eagles team 63-46. Leading the scoring was Morgan Alexander with 13, followed by Breona  Blackwell with 11, Raziya Prince 10, Tori Whittenberg 9, and Kentra Washington 2. This version of the Mavs never quit all season long and accomplished 14 wins on the year. They were a few plays away from a 17 or 18 win season and were a joy to watch as they battled to the end every night. Congratulations to the coaches and players on a nice season!

Mauldin senior Breona Blackwell


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Breona Blackwell (Photo credit Gwinn Davis)

Mauldin senior OK with holiday work

Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 2:00 am

By Odell Suttle
Contributing writer

Breona Blackwell is aware that her friends are getting more “fun time” than she is during the Christmas holidays, but that is not a problem for her.

Blackwell is a senior at Mauldin High and has played basketball every year she has been at the school. Mauldin coach Angel Stepp enters the team in a tournament every year, and Blackwell accepts that.

“You are a part of a team, and you have to give up a lot,” Blackwell said. “You have to practice. … When you become a part of the team, you know you will not get to go places and do things with your friends. My team comes first.”

Hillcrest and Mauldin will play in the eight-team Lady Sandlapper Classic at Eastside High on Dec. 28-30. Mauldin will open against Travelers Rest at 3 p.m., and Hillcrest will play Greer at 6 p.m.

J.L. Mann will play in the Upward Classic at Dorman Dec. 28-31. The Patriots will open against Dudley of Greensboro, N.C. This will be the second consecutive year Mann has played in the eight-team tournament.

Woodmont did not enter a tournament this year.

Blackwell thinks playing in the Lady Sandlapper will help the Mavericks be a better team when they reach Region 2-AAAA competition in January.

“We play Hillcrest, and they are picked to win our region,” Blackwell said. “This will give us a look at them. We may win or lose, but we will know what we need to work on to stop those teams.”


Mauldin girls off to promising start
Sophomore class pitching in

Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - Tribune Times News Story
By Odell Suttle Contributing writer

A mixture of experience and youthful enthusiasm has the Mauldin girls basketball team off to a 2-0 start.
“Everything is going OK now that we have two games out of the way and two wins,” said Mauldin coach Angel Stepp. “Certainly, we have a lot to work on still. We are nowhere near where we need to be, but they have played well enough to get two good wins.”
Sparked by two returning All-Region 2-AAA players, Mauldin opened with a 44-35 win against Laurens. Senior captain Breona Blackwell had 14 points and sophomore Morgan Alexander had 13. Sophomore Raziya Prince had 11 points.
In the second game, another sophomore, Tori Whittenburg, had 16 points to lead the Mavericks to a 55-33 win against Greer. Blackwell had 14 and Alexander 11.
The sophomore class has been showing potential since its members were in the eighth grade and this could be their breakout year.
“People know who they are now and they are getting more pressure put on them defensively. I think they have meshed well with the elements that were there already,” Stepp said.
A much needed addition to the Mavericks inside game will be 6-foot-1 freshman Kentra Washington. Stepp thinks Washington can play as hard and tough as any she will face but doesn’t have the experience of many of her opponents.
In a number of past years, Mauldin has been hit hard by injuries and Stepp is worried about that this season.
“Kristina Brown, a senior, is injured right now,” Stepp said. “Last year the injury bug got us. We went from 14 players down to 11, and it was very depleted. Kids who would not have come off the bench as early had to come off. I really hate to do that to any child but we were put in that position.”

Sophomore Raziya Prince (13) has been a key player early this season.