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Lowcountry Leadership dispatches St. John’s 78-56 on senior night

Hollywood – Senior night is always a special night/game on the schedule throw in a battle between two of the top three teams in the region IV and you had the makings of a playoff type atmosphere in the regular season.

Lowcountry Leadership School went on a 12-3 run to end the first quarter to grab a lead they would never relinquish as they sent their five seniors Gregory Scott, Donnell Bowens, Trell Lee, Steven Britton and William Wotjowski out with a 78-56 win over St. John’s.

“We preach team effort, playing well together for four quarters. Our energy hasn’t been there in practice, but I felt like we would get the energy we needed because it was senior night and the guys definitely came through,” said Lowcountry Head Coach Jay Godbolt.

The win gives Lowcountry Leadership School sole possession of second place in the region with a 10-2/ 16-7 record with two games to go in the regular season. If the Gators Navigators can get by Palmetto Scholars Academy on Tuesday. They will have chance to tie for the region crown by beating region leading Charleston Math and Science school in their season finally.

The Islanders dropped to third in the region 9-3/ 13-6 with the loss, but all is not lost they will host Charleston Math and Science school on Tuesday with a chance to get back in the region race with a win at home on Tuesday.

“They came out ready to play and they out hustled us,” said St. John’s head coach Kevin Hammack. “We just have to go back to work, keep grinding and get ready to finish strong.”

The Navigators were led by two of their seniors as Bowens scored 27 and Scott added in 19. The Islanders had trouble with Bowens drives all night long and when he did not score on a lay-up, he was fouled and converted 13-18 free throw attempts. He also showed his three-point range by knocking down a couple of threes.

Scott sat for most of the first half with foul trouble but in the second half he dominated the inside scoring 16 of his 19 points and grabbing 17 rebounds for the game.

“Donnell is one of the best point guards in the state and Greg is our muscle inside and when he stays out of foul trouble, he changes the game for us,” said coach Godbolt. “They tend to get overlooked because the play at Lowcountry Leadership School, but I wouldn’t trade them for anyone.”

Sophomore shooting guard Clayton Schaffer did his part for the to send the seniors out with a win as he drained four three-pointers and chipped in 14 points.

The Islanders were led by point guard Tyrus Richardson. The ultra-quick senior led all scorers with 31 points on a variety of shots.

Senior Devin Roby and junior Myles Smith each scored 7 for the Islanders.

 

SJ      7   18   15   16   56

LL   20   16   21   21   78


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