By Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | November 20, 2017 12:30 pm
No. 24: New Hope Academy
Location: Landover Hills, Md.
2016-17 record: 0-0
Final 2016-17 Super 25 ranking: Unranked
It’s the first year for varsity girls basketball at the school, which is in its ninth year, but the coach, Sam Caldwell, is hardly new, having won 140 games in five years at Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
He snagged some of the Washington, D.C. area’s top players for the Tigers.
Start with 6-5 senior C Rochelle Norris (10 ppg, 11 rpg), a former Riverdale Baptist player who signed with West Virginia. Jennifer Ezeh (9.0 ppg, 15 rpg), a junior 6-4 PF, also played at Riverdale Baptist.
New Hope has two players from Mali in 6-2 sophomore SG Aicha Coulibaly and 5-10 sophomore PG Mariam Traore.