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Stall High School
North Charleston

Stall hoopsters head into region 8-AAAAA play

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North Charleston – The quest for the state playoffs has begun in earnest for the Stall High boys and girls basketball teams.

Now as members of Class AAAAA, the basketball teams will compete in region 8-AAAAA for one of the top four places in the league standings. Finishing among the top four secures a spot in the AAAAA Lower State playoffs.

Both teams were playoff participant’s last season in Class AAAA and each faces a tougher road to the postseason in a competitive basketball conference.

The boys team, coached by Michael Breedlove, survived a very tough non-region schedule in December. The Warriors opened region play with a 72-59 win over Summerville to even their overall record to 9-9 heading into a January 15 contest against Fort Dorchester. Stall’s win over Summerville was their fourth in the last five games.

The Warriors continue to get solid contributions from a host of players. Senior guard Jalen Bailey and senior forward Romello Grant pace the team from an offensive perspective. Each averages 18.5 points per game while Grant is the top rebounder at 10.8 per game. Bailey also averages 6.1 assists and 5.2 steals per game.

Senior center Seth Rivers has been solid, averaging 7.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Senior Tyshon Richardson is pulling down 6.5 boards per contest. Juniors Rafael Smith and Lartice Smily, along with senior Cordera Lingard are scoring at least four points per game in their role.

Donta Brown’s girls team also competed well against an early non-region slate of opponents, winning eight of their first 14 games overall. The region schedule got off to a rough start with a lot to Summerville but expect Stall to contend for a top four finish.

Brown is working with a mix of seniors and underclassmen and the team continues to work on its chemistry out on the floor.

Junior Shanece Mitchell is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game. Mitchell, who is tied for the team lead with 10 three-pointers, also averages 4.5 rebounds per game.

Senior Amarie Brown and sophomore Nay-Nay Brunell each average 8.1 points per game. Brown also pulls down 6.5 boards per game while Brunell is good for five rebounds per game.

 Senior Mel Singleton averages 6.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while also hitting 10 three-pointers on the season. Sophomore Janae Whaley is averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Other schools fighting for region position include Summerville, Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge and West Ashley.

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