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James Island High School

Young James Island basketball teams gaining early experience

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – When it comes to youth and inexperience, the basketball teams at James Island Charter High School have plenty of it this season.

Both teams have young rosters and very little returning varsity experience this winter. Both coaches say daily improvement in December is imperative.

Girls coach Emily Beyoglides returned very little in the way of production from last year’s 11-11 team. However, James Island is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Hanahan and Stratford.

“We are super young but we have a bunch of young girls who are eager to learn and work hard,” reports Beyoglides.

One of the more experienced returning players is sophomore guard Emily Runey, who is averaging six points and 5.5 assists in the early going this season.

The team’s lone senior, Trenaye Kyler, also returns with varsity experience and has scored 7.5 points with 5.5 rebounds early on.

Sophomore guards Augusta Dixon and Danaysia Walker have been strong contributors early. Dixon is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 boards through two games while Walker adds 8.5 points per game.
Eighth-grader Tia Lucas has made a big impact early, averaging 7.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Other juniors on the team include Kenya King and Hope Matthews. Sophomores Elizabeth Edwards and Nabraysia Washington are seeing floor time, with freshmen Lucy Nickle and Ellen Mitchum rounding out the roster.

Stan Wilkins returns as the varsity boys coach and has only one returning full-time starter – 6-3 senior guard Starke Salmons, a returning all-region performer. Salmons averaged 15 points per game last year and is the team’s best offensive threat.

Senior JJ Jones is starting at a forward and senior Vince Bodison comes off the bench. Other early season starters include junior guards McGuire Weekley and Lawton Davis, and junior forward DQ Vinson, who averaged about 10 points per game last season.

Freshmen Bailey Wiseman and Jaden Scott are seeing considerable early season playing time. Others getting time include juniors Drayton Stewart, Tyler Pendleton and Jaxon Weatherford, along with freshman Taevon Drayton.

James Island, 9-12 last season, split their first two games of this season. The Trojans lost to Hanahan, 51-49, and beat Stratford, 52-41, in their region 7-AAAAA opener.

“We are a young and inexperienced team that has to build some chemistry together to be successful,” Wilkins says. 

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