Smith starts for Longwood

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 11/19/19

Tra'dayja Smith has been starting for the Longwood University women's basketball team.

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Tra'dayja Smith has been starting for the Longwood University women's basketball team.

No surprise there.

The Madisonville High School graduate is in her first season at the Virginia school after starting every game during her two years at Trinity Valley Community College.

She had multiple offers to play after junior college and was drawn to Longwood by the program's family atmosphere.

"I was looking for a connection with the coaches," the junior point guard said.

As the lone Texan on the squad, she did her part to lead the team to their first win of the season after opening with two losses. She led the team with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in the 59-58 victory. She also added four points.

"No one wants to start the season off with two losses," she said on the defeats to James Madison and Florida. “They are two good teams. We also can compete."

She had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds in the loss to James Madison. "It was good for my first Division I game," she said. "I did okay.

"At DI everybody can shoot, and everybody is pretty good at what they can do.”

She posted seven points and five assists in the game against Florida.

Women's rodeo

Previously at North Zulch High, Texas A&M University's Sonora Schueneman finished fourth in goat tying at the Sam Houston State University rodeo.

Madisonville High product Tacy Webb of Sam Houston State placed seventh in breakaway roping at the Sam Houston event.

Football

Mauricio Aceves averaged 37.7 yards on three punts for East Texas Baptist University against Hardin-Simmons. He played for Madisonville.

Sam Houston State defensive lineman Chris Scott, a former Mustang, assisted on a tackle that resulted in a 1-yard loss for Central Arkansas.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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