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Hilton Head Christian High School

HHCA basketball teams gearing for playoff run

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Hilton Head Christian Academy basketball teams are gearing up for a strong finish and hopeful extended playoff run.

It is for certain the girls team, coached by Kenny Conroy, will be one of the top contenders for the SCISA Class AA state title. The Eagles are the defending state champions and Conroy returned a solid core to build around this season.

Through games of January 21, Hilton Head Christian’s girls sat at 16-2 overall and 4-0 in region play. Both losses came to out-of-state teams and the Eagles have barely been challenged in league play.

Hilton Head Christian’s strength is a three-headed monster of Jasmine Campbell, Brielle McCarthy and Dior Shelton – all returners from last year’s team.

Campbell is producing a season double-double through 18 games, averaging 13.1 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. She also averages about three blocked shots per game.

Shelton leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game, adding about four rebounds per contest. McCarthy, the point guard, contributes 10.5 points, along with six assists and 3.5 steals per game.

Several other players have served key roles as well. Abby Peduzzi is averaging seven points per game and Skylar Smith adds six points and three assists per outing.

Veteran Mary Yanker scores nearly five points per game while also serving well as a rebounder and defender.

Rounding out the roster this season are McKenzie Buchter, Margaret Edens, Mikayla Kelca, Molly Smith, Lynda Young and Devon Yarde.

The boys team, coached by Travis Priddy, has some work to do down the stretch if they hope to earn a spot in the AA state tournament. The Eagles sit at 7-10 overall and 2-3 in region play but have plenty of games left to make their run at the postseason. January has been a rough month for the Eagles as they have posted a 2-6 record during the month.

Senior Floyd Hargrove leads the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game. Hargrove recently scored his 1,000th career point.

J.P. Peduzzi is having a solid season as well, averaging 9.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Jace Blackshear averages 8.7 points per game and has been in double figures several times this season.

Andrew Helms scores about 5.5 points per game and Daniel Harrington adds about 5.4 points per game. Robert Hall has been a key rebounder, pulling down six boards per game.

Other key contributors include Isaiah Anderson, Quinn Ryan and Liam Sirgo.

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