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Wade Hampton High School
Varnville

Wade Hampton Red Devils getting ready for stretch run

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Hampton-- The third ranked Wade Hampton Red Devils dropped their first region contest of the year at rival Ridgeland-Hardeeville 69-50. They fell behind 23-9 in the first quarter and never recovered as they went to the half trailing 43-14. They will get the chance at revenge when the Jags come to Varnville in February.

The loss dropped them to 2-1 in the region and 12-4 overall. They opened the season by winning their first 8 games but have gone 4-4 since so getting back to playing Red Devil Basketball will be key for the stretch run.

“We have not played our best lately, so we have to refocus if we are going to achieve our goals,” said head coach Romon Gray.

Senior point guard 6-2 Samuel Gray continues to showcase is all around game as he dishes out a team leading 15 dimes a game while scoring 13 points a night. He accounts for 43 points a game for the Rec Devils. The All region performer also averages five rebounds and 7 steals.

6-3 junior shooting guard Brandon Brantley is one of the leading scorers in the state and leads the team with 25 points per game. He snatches 8 boards a game. He is also a returning All-region player.

Also scoring in double figures is the team’s leading rebounder Brandon Brantley. The 6-3 small forward cleans the glass grabbing 15 rebounds a night to go with his 10 points.

Jamie Richer plays the other guard and hands out 12 assists a night to go along with his 8 points.

Rounding out the starting five is Versalius "LV" Johnson. The 6-2 junior center is the team’s biggest thief as he swipes 10 balls a game and he is also second on the team in rebounding with 8 a game.

“If we expect to go deep in the playoffs and hopefully to state we have to get back to working hard each day and continue to play hard each night,” coach Gray said.  

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