All-Met Sports, The Washington Post

WCAC basketball notebook: With a wealth of experience, Elizabeth Seton is ready to break through

There isn’t much Elizabeth Seton’s Jaylen Hines can’t do on a basketball court.

The Roadrunners will use Hines at every position on the floor. She’ll bring the ball up the court and set up the offense. She’ll check the best player on defense.

One possession she’ll throw the pass that leads to a layup; the next, she’ll shimmy through the lane to create her own shot.

“She’s so doggone versatile,” Coach Jonathan Scruggs said.

No. 7 Elizabeth Seton is off to a conference-leading 8-0 start to the season with statement wins against Seton-Keough of Baltimore, Good Counsel and Bullis.

In a conference stacked with talent, Seton hopes 2016-17 is the season it finally can break through dynamos Paul VI, St. John’s and Good Counsel as the team to beat in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Eight straight wins and 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game from Hines certainly help.

“It’s been the best start that we could have hoped for,” Scruggs said.

The Roadrunners have a team loaded with seven seniors and didn’t graduate a single player from a team that went 22-11 and finished fourth in the conference last winter.

This year is almost like their second senior season, Scruggs said. They’ve already had a full year to adjust to their roles as leaders on and off the court. They know the schemes Scruggs wants to run and know how to shepherd younger teammates. They’re familiar with the local competition and have memories of seasons gone by, when Seton went from class of the conference in 2013 to a .500 team in 2014.

“They had a practice season to be leaders,” Scruggs said. “I think sometimes people underrate the value of experience and familiarity.”

The Big number: 164

The combined margin of victory for Elizabeth Seton in its last three games. The Roadrunners beat St. Mary’s-Annapolis, 74-11, Carroll, 80-20, and Holy Cross, 78-37.

WCAC player of the week

C Malu Tshitenge-Mutombo, St. John’s, So.

Tshitenge-Mutombo started the season with an injured hand that has clearly healed. She scored a season-high 21 points against Bishop Ireton on Tuesday two games after netting 17 in a win against Baldwin.

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