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Wardlaw High School
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WARDLAW ACADEMY PATRIOTS OFF TO 4-3 START

By: Gerald Doolittle

Johnston, S.C. -The Wardlaw Academy Patriots of Coach John Spurlock are off to a 4-3 start to the 2017-18 basketball season. However, they are eight points shy of being a 6-1 team. The Patriots dropped an overtime 57-55 game to Laurens Academy to open the season and then dropped a three overtime 77-72 game to Richard Winn in the second game. Their other loss was to Newberry Academy 56-48.

The Patriots will face W.W. King Academy, Laurens Academy and Shannon Forest in the Senn Freight Lines Holiday Hoop Fest at Newberry Academy to close out the 2017 portion of their schedule. After the Christmas break the Patriots will start their battles in SCISA Region 1-A.

Coach Spurlock is blessed with a very talented roster of 16 players. His bench players are all capable of giving him quality playing time.

“I feel good about our chances in the upcoming region battles,” said Coach Spurlock. “I have all starters returning from last year. I am real blessed with good participation. I am getting good senior leadership. We will work on improving as the season progresses and hope for a deep run in post-season.”

Britt Gossett (sr) leads the team with a 19.0 point average. However, he has only played in four of the seven games. He missed two games due to the football all-star game and one game due to illness. He also has 28 rebounds and 9 steals.

Mason Burgess (so) has scored 91 points for a 13.0 scoring average. He also has 20 steals and 5 assists. Caleb Martin (so) has scored 74 points for a 10.6 average. Martin also leads the team in rebounds with 53 along with 4 blocks, 7 steals and 4 assists.

Reid Gossett (so) has scored 50 points for a 7.1 average. He also has 35 rebounds, 14 steals and 11 assists. Parker Lilly (sr) and Peyton Lilly (fr) have scored 14 points each. Morgan Burgess (sr) has added 16 points, 16 rebounds, 10 steals and 6 assists. Will Padgett (so) has added 12 points, 38 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists.

Rounding out the Patriot roster are Avery Spurlock (fr), Pete Orrico (fr), Ethan Anderson (fr), Sanford Satcher (sr), Grayson Gore (fr), Davidson Day (sr), Nick Edwards (sr) and Sean Griffith (sr).

The Patriots compete in SCISA Region 1-A with Covenant Christian, Curtis Baptist, South Aiken Baptist and Community Christian. They have already defeated South Aiken Baptist 63-62 last week.

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