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Chapin Basketball Teams Focused On Strong Finish To Basketball Season

By Billy G. Baker


Chapin—Although the Chapin girls’ basketball team is at 3-11 midway through the 2019-20 season head coach Craig Taylor is confident the Lady Eagles can finish strong and quality for the upcoming AAAAA play-offs set to begin in a couple weeks.

“Our goal for the rest of the season are to finish strong in the top three in our region and make the playoffs,” said Coach Taylor. “We can accomplish this objective by boxing out better under the boards, rebounding well, good communication between our players on the court, and by having a strong work ethic.”

The top senior on the team is senior shooting guard Malina Washington who is averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game. The top junior is point guard McKenzie Lott who is averaging 12 points and 2.5 rebounds a game along with 1.5 assists. The leader in the sophomore group is Bella Martin and a freshman with great potential is small forward Ella Kutsherendo. Martin and Kutsherendo are role players off the bench.

The other current starters on the team include senior small forward Manessa Molinaro, senior guard Eleanor Lawton, and junior center/power forward Megan VanVollenhoven who is averaging around two rebounds a game.

Key players off the bench include senior center Mikayla Gallagher, junior forward Dallas Mayers, talented 8th grade power forward Mary Kate Tisdale, and junior guard Grace Cook.

Through January 22 the team has two wins over Midland Valley (46-25 and 50-31) and a win over Pelion (46-25). In the January 7th win in over Midland Valley Lot led the way with 17 points, Washington contributed 10 points and Gallagher played hard with 8 rebounds against the Lady Mustangs.

Starting on January 24th the team has five games remaining in the regular season. They are at Lexington on the 24th and close out January on the 31st at Dutch Fork. On February 4th the lady Eagles host White Knoll, go to River Bluff on the 7thth and close out the season against Lexington at home on the 11th.

Meanwhile the boy’s team is currently 11-9 and 1-2 on the season under the direction of veteran head coach Mark Snelgrove who has coaching the team this year despite undergoing treatment for a serious stage three caner condition. Coach Snelgrove told the HSSR recently, “Coaching the Chapin basketball team is the best therapy I could have given the situation.”

(The HSSR extends our thoughts and prayers to Coach Snelgrove and his family during this challenging time for he and his family. Coach Snelgrove, and his family, are very thankful for the fund raising done within the Chapin community, and the student body at the school, in helping raise money for his expensive treatments that has caused him to miss a few practices this season.)

The boy’s team is led by senior captains Maddux Harrell (6-8 center) who leads the team in scoring at around 12 points and 8 rebounds a game, along with 6-2 power forward Austin Smith, Ethan Johnson is a 6-4 sophomore. Kenya Jones and Henry Haigler are two junior guards who do most of the ball handling for the Eagles. Jones has averaged around 10 points per game this season.

Johnson, a 6-4 power forward who continues to get better with each game while junior Walker Brewer is a three- point shooting ace. Lawson Davis is a 6-7 newcomer to basketball this season while junior Jack Wolfe is 6-2 and he has had several double-double games this season.

The boys will play the sane schedule as the girl’s team the rest of the season.


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