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Young First Baptist hoopsters set the table for future success


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – Though each ended with disappointment, the girls and boys basketball teams at First Baptist Church School enjoyed solid success on the hardwood in 2019-20.

The boys team, coached by Antoine Saunders in his first season as head coach, reached the SCISA Class AAA semi-finals after playoff wins over Ben Lippen and Heathwood Hall. In the semi-final round, the Hurricanes lost a nip-and-tuck battle with Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate, just missing out on a chance to play for the state title.

But all signs point to First Baptist making another deep playoff run next season. Saunders had just three seniors on the roster – Sincere Brown, Shawn Jenkins and Rhame Honeycutt. Most of the key production will return next season.

Sophomore wing Colin McKenzie led the team in scoring at about 15 points per game. Adonis Cole was near double figures in scoring while Gabe Frazier and Luke Perucci averaged about seven points each per game.

Mikey Blandin, a junior, led the team in rebounding at eight boards per game. Blandin, McKenzie and Cole were all-region selections.

The girls team finished this season with 21 wins but ended with a state tournament loss to Porter-Gaud. Coach Presley Singleton also had a particularly young squad this winter and often started as many as five sophomores.

Sophomore Lexi Grant set the pace offensively, averaging 17.4 points while shooting 41 percent from the field. Grant, who scored her 1,000th career point this season, also added 7.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

Sophomore Tiana Spann averaged 12.4 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. Sophomore Samiya Grant added 11.4 points, 4.0 steals, 4.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Sophomore Mia Wysong is averaged about eight points and five rebounds per gameing 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 71 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore Marissa Arigo also saw action as a starter, sharing a spot with senior Destiny Cooper.

Cooper was one of only three seniors on the roster this season, joined by reserve forwards Tiggy Suggs and Raney Hagan.

Other sophomores on this year’s team included Cathryn Anne Holladay and Jenna Walling. Juniors Bennett McCombs and Lydia English, along with eighth-graders Dior Brown and Kennedi Ray, rounded out the 2019-20 roster.



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