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Hilton Head Christian High School

HHCA’s Conroy says patience is important with 2017-18 squad

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Given some time to develop and gel, the Hilton Head Christian Academy girls basketball team should again be a state title contender in the SCISA Class AA ranks.

So says veteran coach Kenny Conroy, who has established a perennial top five team in AA. Conroy’s team is off to a 5-1 start against a competitive schedule. He sees the group developing daily but says building some depth will be key in the first month of the season.

“In our only loss (in overtime to Palmetto Christian), we got in major foul trouble and we weren’t able to sustain,” the coach said. “We still got to overtime and nearly won the game but it shows we have to play smart and continue to develop some depth. We have good talent on this team. We have a mix of returners with a lot of experience and we have some new faces. I think we can be better as the year goes on. We have a lot of potential.”

While the roster is young overall, with no seniors and only two juniors, several of the underclassmen have significant experience under Conroy.

Sophomore Brielle McCarthy is the starting point guard and in her third season on the varsity. Junior Jossie Frazier has been with the varsity since the eighth-grade. Those two players are key offensive contributors, thus must stay out of foul trouble. Junior Courtney Gray also played significant minutes last season.

Sophomores Jasmine Campbell and Margaret Edens are seeing time as starters, along with freshman Dior Shelton.

Coming off the bench early and looking to develop their roles are forwards Sydney Camp, a junior, and freshman Mikayla Kelca. Freshman Mary Yanker and eighth-graders Ady O’Grady and Haley Majors also see time on the floor in reserve roles. Rounding out the squad are junior Reedy Newton and freshman Casey Macaulay.

Conroy says his focus is on the region schedule and winning a region title, which helps in playoff seeding. He isn’t overly concerned with wins and losses in December but likes to see daily improvement. The region slate of teams includes Thomas Heyward, John Paul II, St. Andrews, Colleton Prep, Hilton Head Prep and Beaufort Academy. The region schedule begins on January 9th.

“We will be ready for region play, that’s the focus for us,” the coach said. “We play a tough schedule in December so I think it helps us improve.”

 

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