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Nimitz qualified for the postseason a year a go under the direction of Kendra Venzant in her first year as the Cougars' head coach.
What will they do for an encore?
Coach Venzant returns a solid line up with quality experience.
It all starts with point guard Ny'Asia Vance, who is the straw that stirs the drink.
She was a first-teamer a year ago and the Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. The now-senior averaged 10points and eight assists per game a year ago.
Malia Carrier also earned first-team honors a year ago after scoring at a 10-point clip.
Rounding out the line up will be Aija Miller, Touisha Thompson, Malaijha Williams, Skylar Bennett and Joslyn Goffney.
All will play significant roles as they try to make a run to a district title.
The Tigee Rideaux-era begins at Nimitz HighSchool. Rideaux is no stranger to reclamation projects, helping rebuild Lumberton as an assistant and Hamshire-Fannett as their head coach most recently.
"My job is to build a winning culture here and having kids want to come play at Nimitz," he said. "My mantra is based on family. I will create a family atmosphere."
He takes over Nimitz, which has a solid returning class that was competitive last season.
Senior McGrover Odili has the most experience on the wing, while Kentrelle Royston is a junior guard.
He has a trio of sophomores he will lean on early in Javarius Thompson, Eric Woods and Dominic Samuel.
Derrick Franklin is another name to take note of.
Coach Rideaux could also pull some athletes out of football with his new brand on basketball.