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James Island High School

Young Trojans get off to good start in region play

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – With half of his 2018-19 roster comprised of sophomores, James Island boys basketball coach Stan Wilkins is taking a more patient approach this season.

Nonetheless, the competitive Wilkins also wants his team to win now. Trying to balance future expectations with present-day success is a difficult thing to do.

James Island went 6-7 overall with their early season schedule but opened region 7-AAAAA play with two wins.

“We play a lot of underclassmen so youth has been something we have had to deal with along the way,” the veteran coach said. “But, I am seeing progress and we definitely have the potential. We are certainly capable of competing now when we play with great effort. Unfortunately, with the youth we have, some guys who have not been in certain situations, particularly late in games, we’ve had our share of youthful mistakes.”

The Trojans, while young, do lean heavily on a pair of senior veterans. Lawton Davis is a starting two guard while DQ Vinson is a 6-4 post player. Davis is averaging a team-high 13 points per game while Vinson averages 11 points and seven rebounds per contest.

“Lawton is playing very well and is having a great senior year,” Wilkins said. “He has really put in the work and it has paid off for him.

“DQ has been a solid, strong performer for us around the basket. He’s a great athlete and does a lot of good things for us.”

Sophomore wing Bailey Wiseman is averaging 12 points per game and is a deep threat shooter. Jaden Scott is a sophomore starter at point guard but has missed some time of late with an injury.

Other sophomores competing for time include Davonte Green, Greg Harrison, Trevon Washington, Marion Champaign, Luke Pernucci and Taevon Drayton.

Three remaining seniors working in the rotation are Drayton Stewart, Tyler Pendleton and Jay Roland. Yaphet Holmes, Kavon Coker and Luke Adams are juniors.

The girls basketball team, coached by Emily Beyoglides, is 6-7 overall but also started region play with a pair of wins.

 Junior Augusta Dixon is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.4 points and 8.5 boards per game. Freshman Tia Lucas adds 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while junior point guard Emily Runey is scoring 5.7 points per game.

Junior Nabrayja Washington averages 4.8 points per game and sophomore Kayla Holesberg is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

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