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WARDLAW HOOPS TEAMS COMPLETE WINNING SEASONS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Johnston, S.C.-The Wardlaw Academy varsity basketball teams have completed their 2019-20 seasons with winning records with trips to the SCISA State Class A playoffs.

The girls team coached by Kristina Graves finished with a 17-10 record winning the SCISA Region 4-A regular season and tournament titles. The Lady Patriots in the post-season defeated Holly Hill Academy 54-43 before bowing out in the quarter-finals to Cathedral Academy 47-26.

For their winning season several players and Coach Graves won region and SCISA awards. Coach Graves was named Region Coach-of-Year and was chosen as a SCISA coach for the North All-Star team.

Coach Graves will have two of her players on that team. Jordan Williams (so) and Gracie Kervin (jr) will have that honor. Williams also was Region 4-A Player-of-Year and also All-Tournament for Region. Kervin also was All Region and All Tournament.

Anna Grace Spurlock (sr) and Ashland Yonce (so) also received awards for their great play during the season. Spurlock was All-Region and Region Tournament MVP. Yonce was named All-Region.

Rounding out the Lady Patriots roster were Addie Bartley (so), Taylor Rinehart (fr), Sidney Williams (sr), Reaghan Whitlock (fr), Allison Burnett (so), Summer Williams (fr) and Lainey Jainniney (fr).

The boys team coached by John Spurlock finished with a 24-5 record winning the Region 4-A regular season and tournament titles. This was the best team since the 2004-05 team that defeated Spartanburg Christian for the SCISA Class A Title.

In the State tournament the Patriots defeated Cathedral Academy 59-54 before losing in the quarter-final to Andrew Jackson Academy 87-70.

For their winning season several players and Coach Spurlock won region and SCISA awards. Coach Spurlock was named Region Coach-of-Year and was chosen as coach for the SCISA South All-Star team.

Avery Spurlock (jr) and Mason Burgess (sr) will join Coach Spurlock on that team. Caleb Martin (sr) will play on the SCISA team that will play the GISA team from Georgia in the other All-Star game.

Spurlock also was All-Region. Burgess was All-Region and Region Tournament MVP. Reid Gossett (sr) and Dalton Williams (sr) were All-Region. Martin was also the Region Player-of Year.

Rounding out the Patriots roster were Hudson Manly (so), Grayson Gore (jr), Ethan Anderson (jr), Alex Smith (fr), John David Satcher (so), Joshua Knowles (fr), Peyton Lilly (jr), Jacob Martin (fr) and Joshua Zhang (so).

 Coach Graves and Coach Spurlock both expect strong teams for the 2020-21 season with all the returning talent from the 2019-20 teams.

 

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