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Lady Gators preparing for run at title

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK – Winners of two state titles since 2010, the Goose Creek High School girls basketball team is aiming to add another one to their collection.

The Lady Gators are ranked No. 1 in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 5A poll. Coach Tim Baldwin said the important thing is to be playing well.

“Its good people recognize us as playing hard and all that but it’s just January” Baldwin said. “Who cares who is number one in January? I want to be No. 1 after March. There are a lot of other really good teams out there.”

Six players are averaging 5.5 points per game or better for Baldwin’s team, led by senior forward Shayla Nelson (10.4 ppg). The others are junior guard Aniyah Oliver (8.5 ppg), senior Ciera Shivers (7.6 ppg), senior forward Jasmine Stanley (7.4 ppg), senior guard Mary Davis (6.3 ppg) and senior forward Daphney Saylor (5.5 ppg).

Senior forward Sommer Goodman and junior guard Kolia Adams are consistent contributors too, scoring 4.3 points per game.

Nelson and Saylor lead in rebounding at 5.9 and 4.8 per game respectively. Oliver is out front in assists with 3.8 helpers a game and is tied with Oliver for steals in a game at 2.5 apiece.

A 64-23 win over Wando on Jan. 14 was No. 395 for Baldwin at Goose Creek (11-1, 3-0 Region 7-AAAAA).

“Anybody who has seen us play knows we make plenty of mistakes,” Baldwin said. “We’re not perfect. I think the defensive intensity level has come up a lot the last couple games. We’ve been stressing putting a lot of pressure on the ball.”

Goose Creek has been playing 12 players in games to get the end of the bench ready. The Gators have outscored teams by an average of 23 points per game.

 

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