Ex-rivals, teammates meet again

January 19, 2009|By Tim Koelble

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Jerica Hewett and Teonna Jewell battled as girls basketball opponents in high school and played together during their summer AAU days.

Last Saturday, the two reunited on the basketball floor, when Hewett and Shepherd University hosted Jewell and Davis & Elkins. It marked the first meeting since Jewell graduated from Smithsburg High School in 2006.

"The first thing I thought when I got to the gym was, 'Where is T,' said Hewett, Shepherd's sophomore floor general.

"Jerica's been a good friend and I was looking forward to the game," said Jewell, who spent two years at Hagerstown Community College before moving on to Davis & Elkins, located in Elkins, W.Va.


On three of the first four D&E possessions, Jewell was guarded by Hewett and couldn't get away to score. Jewell scored on the other possession, the first two of her team-high 11 points.

"I wasn't going to let (Teonna) beat me," said Hewett. "I think we've both gotten better, we know each other's tendencies."

Hewett, who became Boonsboro's all-time leading scorer with 1,157 points before graduating in 2007, played 19 minutes as Shepherd rolled to an easy 76-47 win. Hewett finished with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in her starting role.

The rout minimized Hewett's playing time Saturday, as Shepherd cleared its bench. Hewett averages a team-best 30 minutes a game.

Hewett and Jewell were fierce rivals when the Warriors and Leopards played, but were teammates during summer AAU basketball for South Mountain Magic.

"Boonsboro always beat up on Smithsburg," said Hewett, but Jewell was quick to respond: "We won one or two times."

Jewell is happy with her college choice even though the team is in a rebuilding phase.

"I'm just trying hard to lead the team," she said. "It's a new start, the program is rebuilding and we are working hard. I always wanted to go to the next level (from HCC) and I'm happy."

Jewell is studying exercise science with relationships to physical training.

Hewett always had a full stats package in high school, but points haven't been the priority at Shepherd.

"I was a little nervous when I first came here feeling a little out of place last year," said Hewett. "Now, I'm adapting and feel good. I'm more comfortable and adjusting to my role."

Hewett is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry, and plans on moving into the physical therapy field.

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