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New Coach Has Jefferson Davis Boys’ Basketball On Winning track

By Billy G. Baker

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Blackville—After serving as a varsity boys’ basketball assistant last year at Jefferson Davis Academy Chris Campbell decided to take over the program in year two and after 15 games of the 2018-19 season his Raiders are (7-8, 3-2) coming out of the mid-way point of the season.

“We have put in a whole new system this season and the players have really bought in to the changes,” said Coach Campbell. “We are improving with every practice and every game. Our goal is to finish the regular season strong and make the playoffs.”

The teams three region wins to date have come over St. Johns Christian, Dorchester Academy and Holly Hill Academy. “It had been awhile since we had beat Dorchester Academy in basketball so that win was really special to us,” said Coach Campbell.

The team is led in scoring by six-foot point guard and floor general Nick Darnell who is averaging 15 points and 8 assists a game. “Nick is our best-all-around player and this is his second year on the varsity,” said Coach Campbell. “He sees the floor really well and is very unselfish. He is a smart player and he never takes stupid shots. He is just a good all-around player.”

A promising player for now and the future was just moved up from the varsity in freshman shooting guard Hunter Owens who is averaging six points a game. “Hunter sees the floor well also and he plays good defense especially when we trap a lot,” said Coach Campbell.

The three other starters include sophomore shooting guard Tony Hernandez who is an aggressive rebounder. Junior forward Saint Angelo Davis is a 6-2 junior forward and the center Donte Payne (6-4, 215) is leading the team in rebounds with a 13 per game average.

The sixth man off the bench is forward/guard Tyler Sauls who is averaging around seven points a game and junior guard Seth Davis averaging six points a game. Other players contributing include Clay Davis and Mitchell Webster.

“I change our starting rotation a lot and we like full court defense and we like to trap out of a match-up zone,” said Coach Campbell. “Our win over Dorchester was a confidence builder for us. We are just striving to get better every day.”

The team will conclude the regular season over the next two weeks with games against St. Johns Christian Academy, Colleton Prep, Patrick Henry, Holly Hill Academy and Andrew Jackson Academy.

Coach Campbell is assisted by Bart Owens.

 

 

 JDA Girls Basketball Staying Focused Seeking A Couple Wins To make Playoffs

By Billy G. Baker

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Blackville—Give veteran Jefferson Davis Academy head basketball coach Barry Morehead high marks for being an eternal optimist as his Lady Raiders enter the mid-way point of the 2018-19 season with just one win to date.

“I guess I always try to be optimistic and we have a couple winnable games left on our schedule and if we can learn to handle the press better we still have an outside chance at making the playoffs but we need a couple wins real soon,” said Coach Morehead who came into the season with 602 career wins and several state titles on his resume. “Turnovers have been our Achilles heel. We are turning the ball over on about one-third of our possessions and until we cut down on turnovers teams are going to continue to press us.”

To date the team is getting a lot of leadership and offense from 5-10 junior forward Kiersten Phillips who leads the team with 12 points and 9 rebounds a game. “We graduated four seniors, so we were looking for some leadership from this group and Kiersten is becoming one of our best team leaders,” said Coach Morehead. “She has been you our best player on offense for sure.” Phillips leads the team in three-point shots made.

Starting freshman post player Cate Polston scored 24 points in the team’s only win against St. Johns Christian Academy in December. She is averaging just over six points a game. Freshman point guard Ansley Still is still developing her skills as a point guard and she is the JDA floor general and improving all the time. Still is the team’s top defensive player.

Rounding out the JDA starting five is senior returning starter wing Meg Garvin and Caroline Robertson a good outside shooter who can play forward or fill in at the point. Two key reserves include sophomore Maddie Pritchard and sophomore guard Abbie Weeks.

The team will play St. Johns Christian Academy on January 18th seeking their second win. Then the following week they play the best two teams in the region when they face Colleton Prep and Dorchester Academy.

Coach Moorehead is assisted by Ken Fredrick.

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