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Lady Gators out to perfect start

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK - Goose Creek’s girls basketball team is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and out to a sparkling start as expected.

The Lady Gators, defending state champions from a year ago, won their region opener on Tuesday, Dec. 12, rolling past Ashley Ridge High School 70-46.

But they actually trailed by 10 after the first quarter.

“Last year I knew I had two kids with Ericka (Broughton) and Mariah (Linney) they’re going to be in your grill all night long,” Goose Creek coach Tim Baldwin said. “You knew what you were going to get. Right now, there is a lot of potential. Other than Shayla (Nelson), who has proven to be that big-time player, we just don’t know yet. Maybe when mid-January or playoffs roll around, we’ll be hitting our stride a little bit.”

She averaged 12.6 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds and a team-high 1.7 blocks a year ago. Nelson capped the campaign with a dominating performance in the state championship, going for 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Nelson had 18 points and 19 rebounds against Ashley Ridge.

Guard Ciera Shivers added 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Lady Gators. Guard Cali White contributed nine points while guards Mary Davis and Kolia Adams chipped in eight points each.

More players expected to contribute for the Lady Gators are forwards Daphney Saylor, junior forward Jasmine Stanley, junior forward Sommer Goodman and junior guard Arianna Scott. Stanley averaged a double-double and was an all-state player at Colleton County High School last season.

Goose Creek’s other wins this season came against Bishop England and Stall. It was set to take on West Ashley on Friday, Dec. 15.

In the boys game against Ashley Ridge on Dec. 12, Travelle Simmons and Chris Fordham scored 14 each to power Goose Creek. Nashon Inman added 13 points and Erick Bennett eight points.

Bennett and Fordham had 11 each in a 55-43 win over Stall while Inman and Jamel McGowan had nine points apiece.

Fordham had 14 and McGowan 11 in a 53-40 win over Goose Creek.

 

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