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Robert E. Lee Girls Improve To 10-4, Boys’ team Competitive In Region Play

By Billy G. Baker

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Bishopville—As of mid-January the Robert E. Lee girls had already doubled their wins from a year ago with an over-all record of (10-4, 2-3) and the Lady Cavaliers are hoping to finish the regular season strong and make a run in the SCISA AA playoffs.

The team is head coached by veteran Kim Langston. “Right now, our focus is to play lock down defense and learn to move the ball around and get back to playing like we were at the start of the season,” said Coach Langston. “We already know we have to cut down on turnovers. We talk about that all the time.”

The girl’s team suffered a 54-31 loss on the road at Pee Dee Academy on January 15. “We didn’t shoot well at all at Pee Dee Academy and we had no players in double figures,” said Coach Langston. “We need to get ourselves re-focused for sure. We have to start putting the ball in the basket.”

To date junior point guard Rebecca Dinkins is leading the team in scoring at 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. She is also averaging five steals and 3.9 assists a game. Senior four-year starter Carson Shannon, who has signed a softball scholarship with Francis Marion, is averaging 9.4 points a game with 8.6 rebounds. Sophomore shooting guard Caleigh Bennett is averaging 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds along with 2.4 assists a game.

Other contributors on the team include senior small forward Emme McCutcheon who is averaging 4.1 points a game along with starting center Martha Jane Logan who is averaging around 7 rebounds a game. The first player off the bench is usually senior Amy Beth McCutcheon and her versatility allows her to play any of the five positions on the floor.

Prior to their loss with Pee Dee, the girl’s team defeated The Kings Academy 68-34 led by Dinkins with 21 points, Shannon had 14, Emma McCutcheon 11, and Bennett chipped in with 10 points. This balanced scoring could be a blue print for the rest of the season.

The region tournament for the girl’s and boy’s teams will be hosted by Dillon Christian starting on February 5th.

“Our kids have a lot of heart and they have really been working hard,” said Coach Langston. “We just need to get back together as a team and start scoring with consistency. I have been pleased with our free throw shooting, but we need to improve our scoring.”

Meanwhile the boy’s team is (4-8, 2-2) under the coaching direction of T.J. Stack.

The top scorer at around 10 points a game is junior shooting guard Matthew Johnson. The top rebounder is 6-4 senior center Nick Adelman. The other starters include point guard Stone Hodge, wing Blayne Hopkins and senior forward Hunter McGee.

 On January 22 both teams host Christian Academy from Myrtle Beach and then on the following Friday they host Marlboro Academy. On the 29th REL travels to The Kings Academy and they close out the regular season on the 31st with a home game against Pee Dee Academy.

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