By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Chelsea Dobbs is a beast on the basketball court.
The River View High School senior is the last remaining high school player from Iaeger High School, which joined with Big Creek three years ago to form River View.
Coming off an ankle injury in preseason practice that forced her to miss the Raiders’ first three games, she has controlled the court, leading the Raiders in rebounding and scoring since her return.
Last week against Mingo Central, Dobbs fired in 21 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, had five blocks and six steals to earn Bluefield Daily Telegraph/Pocahontas Coal Association Player of the Week honors.
The Queen of the Boards has 75 rebounds in four games, with a season-high 28 in the Raiders’ lone victory of the year against Independence. The 21 points against Mingo Central were a season high in scoring.
Dobbs made her season debut against rival Mount View.
“I couldn’t stand sitting on the bench, I could wait to get out there,” Dobbs said. “I made sure that I was going to play that game, there was a lot of pain, but I could not sit on the bench another minute.”
Dobbs scored 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds that night in Welch.
In the Lady Raiders’ next contest against Independence Dobbs scorched the nets for 17 points and grabbed an amazing 28 rebounds and had five steals.
“Having Chelsea back takes the pressure off the other girls,” said River View head coach Gehrig Justice. “It’s good to have her back and right now she’s at only 75-80 percent.”
River View has struggled this season, currently possessing a 1-6 record, but Justice is optimistic because tonight against PikeView the team will have, for the first time, its top seven players healthy and available to play.
Justice said part of Dobbs’ success comes from the team’s poor shooting ability early this season.
“We don’t shoot very well, but she has always had a good nose, good at attacking the glass on both ends of the court and puts herself in the right position,” Justice said. “It’s balanced, almost 50-50, her rebounds coming on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.”
Dobbs said Justice has been a tremendous help to her skills on the court.
“He told me never quit, work hard, don’t think, just play, go out there and play,” Dobbs said.
A multiple sports participant at River View High School, Dobbs said her mom and dad got her started in basketball at an early age and that she was water girl for the Iaeger team when her aunt was coach, and that she practiced with the older girls.
When hoops season ends Dobbs will take to the softball field and she hopes to continue her basketball career at the next level while studying for a profession in the medical field.
“I’m not going to stop (playing basketball),” Dobbs said. “Hopefully I will get to play in college.”
Justice said, “She’s in the honors program, a 4.0 kid. She’s a volleyball and softball player and to be that spread out says a lot for her work ethic and dedication.”
—Contact Bob Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Basketball Player of Week
Week of Dec. 24-30
Bluefield (1-0): Destiney Sims, 24 pts. vs. Wyoming East; Shelia Hopkins, 20 pts; Kaitlyn Thompson, 11 pts; Khadijah Brown, 10 pts.
PikeView (0-1): Lyndsey Hatfield, 13 pts in loss to Nicholas County.
Princeton (1-0): McKenzie Akers, 16 pts vs. South Charleston; Hannah Preservati, 9 pts, 8 reb; Rachel Surface, 6 pts, 8 reb.
River View (0-1): Phyllis Waldron, 9 pts, 11 reb; Rebeckah Christian, 5 reb, 7 stls.
Summers County (1-0): Avery Pivont 25 points (21 after halftime), all from the field, 5 reb., 3 ast., 3 stl. in 69-58 win over Charleston Catholic; Brandi Morrison, 16 pts; Shelby Smith, 10 pts.
Wyoming East (0-1): Bre Pertee, 14 pts in loss to Bluefield; Chelsea Duncan, 13 pts.
Week 1: Emaleigh Gallinger, Graham
Week 2: Taylor Catron, Tazewell
Week 3: McKenzie Akers, Princeton
Week 4: Shelia Hopkins, Bluefield
Week 5: Chelsea Dobbs, River View