By Lauren Benton
Last season for the Ranger basketball team, Coach Don Skelton led the Rangers to a 13-11 mark and an 8-4 record in the MACJC North Division. Rangers also advanced to both the state and region tournaments for a second consecutive season.
The Rangers fell short of the championship title, but this year, Skelton intends on bringing a championship back to Senatobia.
One advantage of this team is the amount of experience. There are seven returning players and four transfers from junior colleges, like Jones County and Co-Lin.
“We are hoping that this is going to help us during the season with their experience of playing at this level,” Skelton said.
Skelton points out that this season’s players to look out for are De’Sean Dockery and Sharwyn McGee; both are returning sophomores from last season.
Dockery is a guard from Memphis and was the leading scorer last season averaging 15 points a game. McGee was the leading rebounder and third leading scorer.
Teams like Itawamba, who won the state title last year, East Mississippi and Holmes are looking like the teams to beat in order for the Rangers to have a successful season.
“Size is not our strong suit, but we make it up with our speed and depth,” Skelton said.
Skelton finalized his signing class in June, with seven new recruits.
“I knew these guys; I had knowledge of them from when they played in high school, and I think they will step up alongside the sophomores on the team,” Skelton said.
The home opener is on Nov. 6 at Howard Coliseum at 7 p.m.