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South Pointe wrestling and girls basketball ranked second in AAAA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Rock Hill – There has been plenty of success spread around the South Pointe athletic department over the years and the 2018-19 winter sports season has more of the same.

As of January 17th, the girls basketball team and the wrestling team had achieved statewide number two rankings in the class AAAA polls for both sports.

The girls basketball team is off to a 16-3 start overall and a win over rival Westwood on January 15 improved the region record to 4-0. The Stallions have climbed to a number two ranking in AAAA, behind defending state champion and top-ranked North Augusta. More importantly, the win over Westwood gives South Pointe a one-game lead in the region standings.

As has been the case all season, the Stallions are getting great balance on both ends of the floor. Six players are scoring between seven and 12 points per game.

The team’s leading scorer is junior Jamia Blake, who averages 11.7 points per game. She also adds 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 steals per outing.

Senior Scarlett Gilmore averages 11.1 points and 3.3 steals per game while senior Sierra McCullough is averaging 10.9 points and leads the team in rebounding at 7.4 boards per game.

Junior Randi Neal averages 8.8 points and junior Shaude Williams averages 8.6 points per contest. Sophomore Trinity Adams is contributing 7.5 points and 2.8 steals per game.

Defensively, South Pointe is allowing only 38 points per game and has 238 steals, an average of nearly 14 thefts per game.

The wrestling team also is ranked second in Class AAAA by scmat.com. The Stallions are ranked behind defending state champion Eastside.

South Pointe has a lineup stocked full of wrestlers who are state-ranked in their respective weight classes. The depth in the roster is the team’s biggest strength.

Issac Ekanem is the top-ranked wrestler in AAAA at 182 pounds. Ekanem is a two-time state qualifier and finished fourth at 170 last season.

Earning number two rankings in AAAA are Spencer Cox at 106 and Shyquan Ferguson at 145. Ferguson is a returning state qualifier.

Kemari Reaves is ranked third at 113 and Savion White is ranked third at 152. Both are returning state qualifiers.

 Earning number four rankings in AAAA are Tyreek Cherry (120), Cole Airington (126), Pearson Borders (132) and Matthew Belk (138). Borders was a state qualifier last season

Eric Mitchell is ranked fifth at 160 pound and Jake Morgan is ranked sixth at 285. He was a state qualifier at 220 last season. Justin Corbin is ranked seventh at 195.

The state duals tournament begins February 2nd with the state titles decided on February 9th. The state individual upper state qualifier is February 15-16 with the state individual tournament on February 22-23 in Anderson.

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