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First Baptist hoopsters focused on region play

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

 James Island – Now that the exhibition season of December basketball is past, the focus for the basketball teams at First Baptist Church School turns to conference play as they seek to earn a spot in the SCISA state playoffs come mid-February.

Both the boys and girls teams have been competitive so far this season. The boys team has been a little inconsistent through a tough early schedule but opened region play with a win over Northwood Academy on January 17.

The Hurricanes will expect quite the challenge in region 3-AAA as perennial power Porter-Gaud and perennial contender Pinewood Prep will be tough competition within the region.

Coach Antoine Saunders is getting a balanced effort offensively but only one player is consistently in double figures. Sophomore shooter Colin McKenzie leads the team in scoring at 13 points per game. Adonis Cole adds eight points on average while Gabe Frazier, Sincere Brown and Luke Perucci all score around seven points per game.

Mikey Blandin paces the team in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game. Brown and Cole also contribute on the boards, each with about six caroms per game.

The girls team is 14-7 overall this season but lost its region opener to Northwood Academy. Coach Presley Singleton has a particularly young squad this winter and often starts as many as five sophomores.

Sophomore Lexi Grant sets the pace offensively, averaging 19.1 points while shooting 42 percent from the field. Grant, who recently scored her 1,000th career point, also adds 7.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game.

Sophomore Tiana Spann averages 12.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. Sophomore Samiya Grant adds 11.1 points, 3.7 steals, 3.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Mia Wysong is averaging 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 71 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore Marissa Arigo has been a starter early on, as has senior Destiny Cooper.

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

Sophomores Cathryn Anne Holladay and Jenna Walling come off the bench as guards. Juniors Bennett McCombs and Lydia English, along with eighth-graders Dior Brown and Kennedi Ray, round out the 2019-20 roster.

 

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