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Camden High School

Camden Girls Basketball Finishes 24-5 With Numerous Young Players Back Next Season

By Billy G. Baker

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Camden—With 8th grade national recruit Joyce Edwards (6-1 forward) back for four more seasons and junior shooting guard Imani Wyatt (5-8) back for next season the Camden girls’ basketball program is expected to build on their 24-5 from the 2019-20 season with the potential of a gold medal round appearance in the forecast.

Camden began the 2019-20 AAA girl’s playoffs a two seed and they defeated Powdersville 55-44 at home in the first round. In the second round they travelled to one seed Southside where they lost a hard-fought game 58-51 to be eliminated from the playoffs.

“We were hoping to make a deeper playoff run this year than we did, but we were an improved team with lots of young returning players, so the future looks to be very bright,” said head coach Natalie Jeffcoat Norris, a former stand-out in the USC program in the early 1990’s. “During this past season our strengths were a quick aggressive defense with an excellent transition offense. We need to get physically stronger during the off season as we look towards next year. We need to become better offensive and defensive rebounders.”

Edwards, already offered by USC head coach Dawn Staley, architect of the number one rated women’s basketball program in the nation, completed her second season on the Camden varsity with impressive numbers. She averaged 21 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4,6 steals, three blocks, and three assists per game. Edwards has earned a unanimous pick to the HSSR statewide all-state girls’ basketball team in South Carolina. Edwards scored 526 points during the season.

Wyatt averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.1 steals a game for the Lady Bulldogs. She scored 237 points on the season.

Not many AAA girls’ teams can say that three of their top four scorers for any season are comprised of two 8th graders and 7th grader. Behind Edwards is 8th grade point guard Zyasia Carter who was a point guard this season and she placed third on the team in scoring with 169 points for a 6.8 points a game average. Carter also averaged 2.4 rebounds, three steals and 2.4 assists per game.

Another up and coming 7th grader who played on the varsity this season is shooting guard Morgan Champion who tallied 160 total points on the season for a 6.4 points per game average. Champion also averaged 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game. Deanna Jeffcoat, the 8th grade shooting guard daughter of Coach Norris, also contributed 47 points this season and she is expected to improve along with the rest of the up and coming team in South Carolina.

Boys Basketball Team Finishes 13-11 Under Head Coach Ron McKie

The boys’ basketball team earned a sport in the AAA playoffs and went on the road as a three seed and upset two seeded Woodruff 59-54 in the first round. In the second round they lost to Seneca 75-57, but the playoff upset win on the road was quite impressive.

The teams only seniors were talented combo guard Trajon Pate and senior Keith Holliday. A few top returning players with promise for next season include sophomore point guard Anthony Lyles and sophomore shooting guard Eyan Bracey. Junior Hampton West will also return for next year as a senior leadership player.

 

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