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Is Greenwood Destined To Be The Spoiler In AAAAA Girl's Basketball Thos Season?

HSSR AAAAA Girls Ranking

(As Of Jan., 10, 2018)

1. Spring Valley

2. Goose Creek

3. Woodmont

4. Dutch Fork

5. Rock Hill

6. Wade Hampton (G)

7. Greenwood

8. Wando

9. Sumter

10. Nation Ford

 

SCBCA Top Senior Girls

Rikoya Anderson-Rock Hill

Skylar Blackstock-Wando

Quin Boyd-Hillcrest

Madison Golden-Dutch Fork

Alexis Tomlin-Carolina Forest

 

SCBCA Elite Senior Girls

Unique Drake-Westwood

Danae McNeal-Swansea

Quadijah Moore-Emerald

DiMadison Smith Greenville

Amari Young-North Augusta

 

Is Greenwood Destined To Be Spoiler In AAAAA Girls’ Basketball In SC?

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher

 

Greenwood—Before the 2017-18 basketball season is over at Greenwood High head coach Sheila Rhodes could achieve her 300th career win but one thing for sure is that she has once again molded her HSSR 7th ranked Lady Eagles (14-2) into a scrappy team capable of competing for the AAAAA girls’ basketball title at the end of the season..

“This team is not made up of any super stars and they are a bunch of coachable scrappy players and they remind me a lot of the two state championship teams we had at Greenwood in the late 1990’s (96-97 & 97-98) when we were fortunate to win two straight titles and later play for a third which we loss,” said Coach Rhodes. “We have a lot of team unity and good chemistry and that goes a long way to you having a chance for success.”

On January 10th the Lady Eagles came back down to earth a bit after getting out of the gate, 14-1, with a hard fought 44-38 loss at the hands of the defending upper state champions Wade Hampton (G).  The two teams are set to battle once again on Jan., 26th in Greenwood and the winner of that game could emerge as the region champion.

A huge region game was set on the road at Hillcrest on January, 12th as the HSSR was going to press. “Hillcrest only lost two players from last year’s team so we know they will be in the hunt for a region title also,” said Coach Rhodes. “We play Hillcrest again at home on the 30th and we know we are in for several battles as the season moves on.”

Currently Coach Rhodes is at 289 career wins and she talks from her heart about how much she loves coaching the game and being an outstanding mentor to the young ladies she coaches. “We need to find ways to get more movement on the ball and we need to cut down on our turnovers and we could learn to do a better job boxing out on the boards,” she said always coaching up the game.

“Our strength is how well we play together and with no super star we have had six different players claim top scoring honors this season,” said Coach Rhodes. “They all understand their roles and they all work hard to do what is in the best interest in the team.”

Greenwood uses a three guard offense with two forwards. They are led by senior forward Alancia Goode who earned all-region honors last year. Goode is averaging 9.5 points and 10 rebounds a game. The sophomore point guard is Lauren Livingston who is averaging 8 points and she is so quick it is difficult to guard her at close range. Junior Diamond Miller has earned a starting three guard spot mainly because of her defense and she often guards the other team’s best player.

Christina Moton is a senior guard with good ball skills and junior shooting guard Shelby Seymour is a shooting guard averaging 9 points with a 42 per cent field goal percentage from two point range to a 37 per cent from beyond the arc.

Some of the first players off the bench include junior forward Dazya Barcliff, 6-1 sophomore center Aaliyah Broadwater, and sophomore guard Shamiyra Patterson who likes to go to the hole and score.

“We mix up our starting line-up a lot and it will vary from game to game throughout the season,” said Coach Rhodes. “For example Liya Rappley is a senior forward who starts some but she might play better coming in off the bench early.” 

Other reserves contributing include senior forward Niaget Butler, junior guard Nycole Foster, and junior Alyah Moton.   

 “We want to win the region as our top goal right now,” said Coach Rhodes. “We are a fairly young team with four new players up from the jayvee. If we keep playing well as a team I would not count us out.”


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