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Rams’ Arden helps team to strong start

By Staff | Dec 1, 2017

Journal photo by Jessica Manuel-Wilt Shepherd’s Morgan Arden, right, shoots over Goldey-Beacom’s Maya Poch during their game on Nov. 14.

The Shepherd women’s basketball team started the season with a perfect 4-0 record.

A big part of that was the play of Morgan Arden.

The senior guard had an outstanding first few games of the year, including three last week, all wins by the Rams, in which she averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 assists and three steals.

For her performance, she has been named The Journal/Gold’s Gym Athlete of the Week (Nov. 12-Nov. 18).

Arden had two games of 20-plus points, beginning with Shepherd’s first game of the week, a win over Shaw during a tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

She scored 20 points and had six assists and five steals. She was also 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.

The other came in the Rams’ Mountain East Conference opener against West Virginia State. In that game, she had 21 points, five assists and two steals. In between, during a win over Goldey-Beacom in the team’s home opener, Arden had 18 points, two assists and two steals.

Just five games in, Arden leads Shepherd in points per game (21.2) and free-throw percentage (90.5), among others.

Other accomplishments: Martinsburg’s Tyson Bagent threw for 151 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 54-0 football win over John Marshall in the Class AAA playoffs. Teammate Dewayne Grantham had two rushing touchdowns. Shepherd’s Connor Jessop threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 27-19 football loss to Findlay. Shepherd’s Thomas Lang had a game-high 20 points and six assists in the Rams’ 82-65 men’s basketball win over Holy Family. Shepherd’s Devin Smith and Derek McKnight each had a game-high 22 points in the Rams’ 92-87 men’s basketball loss to West Virginia State. Shepherd’s Kari Lankford had 20 points and six assists in the Rams’ 85-61 women’s basketball win over Shaw. Shepherd’s Kayla Tibbs had a team-high 20 points in the Rams’ 79-69 women’s basketball win over Goldey-Beacom. Washington’s Kyle Carson and Eric McClaflin each won two individual events in leading the Patriots to a team win in the season-opening meet. Amber Simpson also won two individual on the girls side as Washington won that event, as well.