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Sweet 16 countdown: Myers Park Mustangs

Myers Park’s key returnees from left: Naya Clamp, Emma Harrell, Taylor Henderson, Nia Nelson and Andrea Shire. The Mustangs are among the favorites to win the Southwestern 4A conference title this season.
Myers Park’s key returnees from left: Naya Clamp, Emma Harrell, Taylor Henderson, Nia Nelson and Andrea Shire. The Mustangs are among the favorites to win the Southwestern 4A conference title this season. Special to the Observer

The Observer will be previewing the teams ranked in its girls basketball Sweet 16 poll this week (Nov. 4-10). The final order of the teams will be announced in the Sunday, Nov. 11 print editions.

Myers Park Mustangs

Head Coach: Barbara Nelson (7th year as Myers Park head coach; 684-256 in her coaching career).

2017-18 Record: 19-9 (12-2 in the Southwestern 4A conference).

Returning Starters (2): Andrea Shire, Sr., G (5-7); Taylor Henderson, So., PG (5-10)

Key Newcomers: Nia Nelson, So., F (5-9); Kailyn Wimpel, So., F (6-1); Naya Clamp, So., G/F (5-7).

Outlook: The Mustangs have averaged 24 wins per season in Coach Barbara Nelson’s six years in at the the helm. While this Myers Park team is younger, they will look to sophomore point guard Taylor Henderson (12 ppg, 5 rpg as a freshman) and senior sharpshooter Andrea Shire to find a way to factor in the SW4A conference race and into the playoffs.

-- Jay Edwards

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