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Prep Girls Basketball Notepad: Griffin working wonders with young Chargers

William Griffin was a first-year coach with one returning player when he took over the Chancellor girls basketball team at the start of this season.

Griffin didn’t know what to expect from the Chargers, who hadn’t had a winning season since the 2003–04 campaign.

The streak of eight consecutive losing years coincided with the opening of Riverbend as the fifth high school in Spotsylvania County.

The Chargers’ talent pool became smaller because of that, but a group of six freshmen, three sophomores and one junior have brought them back to respectability this season.

Chancellor (10–9, 6–5 Battlefield District) has reached double digits in victories for the first time in eight years, as it prepares to visit Eastern View (12–5, 7–3) tonight.

“When I first looked at six freshmen, I was like, ‘Wow, oh my God, what’s going to happen?’” Griffin said. “But these young ladies are competitors.”

Freshman Jayla Harris leads the Chargers in scoring with 12 points per game. Freshman Sidney Jackson has also emerged as a scoring threat, while sophomores Emily Green and Rachon Harrison contribute, too.

Still, Griffin isn’t totally happy. He took over for the Chargers after one year at Massaponax and a longer stint at Middlesex High School.

He said his ultimate goal is to turn Chancellor into a contender for the Battlefield District title. The Chargers are now in fourth place.

“I look at this as an improvement and say, ‘The future looks good,’” Griffin said. “But I’m a winner. I want to be No. 1, and that’s what I’m shooting for.”

—Taft Coghill Jr.

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