Kennedy’s Daysha Adams, Zjhane West ready for ‘second chance’ at Hagerstown Community College

Kennedy guards Daysha Adams and Zjhane West helped reinvent the Cavaliers as a Montgomery County girls’ basketball power this past winter, helping the school to 21 wins and an appearance in the Maryland 4A West Region finals.

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Now Adams and West are planning to help put Hagerstown Community College on the map after committing to the school last week. The move also represents a chance for both to refine their skill-sets in hopes of attaining Division I scholarships in two years. For West in particular, the move also gives her a chance to stay close to home and work on her academics, she said.

“It definitely gives me a second chance with my grades too … so I can be able to go to a D-1 college because they expect a lot,” West said. “And it also gives me a good two years for me to build my skills up to that level.”

The 5-foot-7 Adams was one of the best shooters in the area as a senior, when she averaged 13 points a game. She connected on 70 three-pointers, and had four or more three-pointers in 10 games. She also shot 80 percent from the free throw line.

The 5-foot-6 West came into her own as a senior as well, averaging 8.6 points while serving several roles for the Cavaliers. The versatile combo guard was at her best during the Cavaliers’ run through the Maryland 4A playoffs, when she posted double-figure scoring in four of her final five games.

West is planning to transition to point guard in college, she said, although she plans to enter Hagerstown’s roster as a shooting guard during her first season. Hagerstown finished 12-14 last season.

Adams and West become the third and fourth players from Kennedy to commit to play at the next level, alongside guards Kiara Arnold (St. Vincent College) and Makeda Wright (Christopher Newport).

Adams said she “won’t be known as the three-point shooter” in college, and her primary goal is to expand her game as a more versatile guard. Going the junior college route is a detour to the ultimate goal of playing at the highest level, she said, and playing with a familiar face in West should will ease the transition.

“I feel like this a second chance for me.”Adams said. “I’m really excited to play with her, because she helped me get a lot of my three-point shots [at Kennedy].”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 19

Hits recorded by St. John’s in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title win over O’Connell.

BREAKFAST LINKS

— Georgetown Visitation capped a stellar regular season run with a hard-fought Independent School League AA title over National Cathedral on Sunday.

–In local crew action, The T.C. Williams girls and St. Albans boys had banner days for the first eights at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association championships.

— Behind the leadership of junior coxswain Jade Hughes, Whitman’s first eight blew past the field to win the the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing title. 

— Potomac’s tennis team continued its dominance in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference this weekend, winning its sixth consecutive title with a convincing  top-to-bottom performance.

PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND

WHAT TO WATCH

Softball: No. 2 South County at No. 3 Lake Braddock, 6:30 p.m.

South County (13-1) has outscored its past six opponents 32-0, while Lake Braddock (16-1) has won four straight and scored 27 runs its last two games. These two teams met April 24, with South County winning 1-0.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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