Humble sophomore looks to future
Rappahannock’s Selene Epps has become a standout basketball player for her team and the district this season. Last week, she scored a career-high 38 points on her birthday.
5’6” sophomore Selene Epps was a happy Rappaahnnock Raider before the end of the week. Not only did her team rally back with their eighth win of the season, but did so after dropping only their second loss on the season.
But the biggest news she downplayed after the 53-38 win over Washington & Lee was scoring a career high 38 points to lead all scorers last Thursday. Her previous career high was 26 points.
“I was just focused on the game and ready to beat Westmoreland,” said Epps. “It was amazing…I worked hard the whole game. I never stopped working.”
Epps had not only 38 points to go along with her stats for the night, but 18 rebounds.
“We just got to work hard every game and play as a team. It’s not just one person,” Epps said recalling the second loss of the season. “I believe if we work as a team we can go far in the districts, region and state [competition] this year.”
Epps has had to grow up fast since playing organized basketball in middle school.
The sophomore is playing in her second season on the varsity team and is a member of the 2012 Rappahannock High School Region A Division 1 Girls Basketball Championship Team.Epps began to shine on the team after several key performances in the post season.
“It’s really my teammates that make me look good,” Epps said.
Epps is a proud niece of Joe and Dean Taylor, graduates and former basketball players of Washington & Lee High School; and is the daughter of local basketball standout and father Gregory Epps.
Rappahannock Head Coach Ellen Gaines said she is proud to have the district’s leading scorer on her team.
“She is a hard worker and I think she’ll tell you that its not just her, but the team. They really work well together, but she’s an integral part.” said Gaines.
One of Gaines’s concerns was replacing her district leading scorer and region MVP Harmony Smith with putting points on the board. However Epps and several others on the team have made those worries disappear.
Gaines said one thing about Epps that is impressive is that she is a ‘straight A’ student in the Regional Governor’s School.
“She’s going to go places first with her academics,” Gaines said.
Epps said she wants to take it one day at a time before considering to play basketball in college. But she does want to further her education.
Week in Review
Rappahannock’s Selene Epps led the team in a 58-38 win over Washington & Lee with 38 points and 18 rebounds.
Ashley Towles had five points to go along with 11 steals and seven assists. Cedara Ashton chipped in with six points followed by Lasheonia Smith and Lexi Hanks with two.
Washington & Lee’s Jaid White led her team with 18 points. Alexia Tate joined her in double-digits with 11. Teondra Brooks added five along with Amy Saunders and Kendawanna Fulcher with two each.
Sasha Adams, Armani Henry, Alexia Tate and Kendawanna Fulcher added two points each, and Amy Saunders and Alexis Washington with one each.
In the Rappahannock 47-35 loss to Northumberland and end an eight winning streak, Selene Epps was the leading scorer with 13 followed by Lasheonia Smith with seven.
Rhiannon Mulvena chipped in with five points along with Kelsey Berhalter and Cedara Ashton with four each and Ashley Towles with two.
Northumberland’s Justice Gordon tied Epps scoring 13 points in the game. Double-digit scorers Nia Jones with 11 and Tylisha Crockett with 12 joined Gordon in scoring.
Rajaa Shabazz added four points for the Lady Indians, followed by Katie Crowther with three and Bria Barbour and Mary Kathryn Hall with two.