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James Island High School

James Island basketball players earn honors


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island - Both of James Island’s basketball teams made the Class AAAAA Lower State playoffs this season and both had several players earn postseason awards.

The boys team finished the 2019-20 season with an 11-11 record overall and a 6-4 finish in region 7-AAAAA. With a week remaining in the regular season, the Trojans were in the hunt for the region championship but lost their last two region games.

James Island earned a spot in the playoffs as the third-place team and lost the first-round game at West Florence, 72-62.

Junior guard Bailey Wiseman, who averaged 17 points per game this season, was named the region 7-AAAAA player of the year. He also earned the honor of Class AAAAA all-state by the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

Junior Jaden Scott also was named to the all-region team after averaging 12 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Two other juniors were significant contributors. Junior forward Julian Jordan averaged 9.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while junior Taeven Drayton averaged seven rebounds per game.

The girls team went 4-6 in region play but applied for and was granted an at-large berth to the AAAAA playoffs. The Lady Trojans made the most of their trip, knocking off region 5-AAAAA champion Lexington in a first-round upset.

James Island lost its second round game to region rival Berkeley and finished the season at 13-13 overall.

Senior forward Augusta Dixon was named the region seven player of the year after averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. The effort also earned her AAAAA all-state honors by the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

Senior Nabrayja Washington had a solid season, averaging 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Tia Lucas added seven points and six rebounds per game, while senior Emily Runey averaged 6.3 points and 2.9 assists per game in her final season.

In wrestling, Ron German capped off a great season by finishing fourth in the Class AAAAA state wrestling tournament at 138 pounds. German was the Lower State champion and was named all-region.

Also taking home all-region honors were Elliott DuPre at 126 pounds and Nate Catalang at 152 pounds.



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