McCrumb takes bigger role

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The preparation helped McCrumb embrace an entirely different role. After averaging 4.4 points in limited minutes last season, she’s become an impact player for the Marauders. “(McCrumb) became a more complete player,” AVC coach John Taylor said. “She’s not just a shooter anymore.” McCrumb was the MVP of last month’s Glendale tournament, when she scored a season-high 21 points in an 80-71 victory over Ventura in the championship game. McCrumb and the injury-riddled Marauders will look to get back on track after losing four consecutive games when they play host to Golden West of Huntington Beach tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the first game of the AVC tournament. LANCASTER – Last season’s state championship semifinal appearance culminated the most successful season in Antelope Valley College women’s basketball history. Sophomore guard Rhiannon McCrumb talks about the deep playoff run as if it were a disappointment, not something to celebrate. The former Quartz Hill High standout might be the only one in AVC circles who saw it that way. But she spent her offseason channeling that perceived disappointment into an intense offseason workout program that included strength training and long hours in the gym refining what already was a remarkably proficient perimeter shot. “Because of what happened last year, I wanted to get better for this year,” McCrumb said. Although McCrumb was a two-time first-team All-Golden League selection, she never was among the league’s more talked-about players, partly because Quartz Hill struggled in the years she was there – and also because of her unassuming personality. She’s having the kind of season Taylor believes can put her on the scholarship map. “She’s always had so much potential, and it’s finally coming to fruition,” Taylor said. “People don’t realize it, but she’s a tremendous defender, too.” McCrumb’s intense playing style has helped her make a seamless transition to the leadership role she’s taken on this season. After her experience at Quartz Hill, winning was something she never took for granted. She cites the team’s success as pivotal in building her confidence. Now she’s hoping her team can build on that success. “Last year led to this year,” McCrumb said. “People expect us to live up to the expectations from last year. After we lost (in the semifinals), all the (then-freshmen) were like, ‘We’re going to get it this year,’ and we still have that goal.” Chelette OK: Men’s basketball coach Newton Chelette was released Sunday from Antelope Valley Hospital after undergoing an angioplasty Saturday. He said there were no complications in the procedure. Chelette attended but did not run practices earlier this week. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more