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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Bishop England retooling roster after key losses

By C.R. Cumbee

 Staff Writer

Daniel Island—Every year the Bishop England girls’ basketball team is a force to be reckoned with. After some key losses to graduation last season, the Bishops will take some time to develop chemistry with their new lineup.

Head coach Paul Runey’s squad has tested itself early, going 5-2 overall with losses to Class 5A schools Goose Creek and Wando. Bishop England led top-ranked Goose Creek midway late in the second quarter before the Gators eventually pulled away.

“We knew it was going to be tough coming in, but I tried to tell them to just play the game. I don’t think we’ll face a team with that kind of style and size and quickness. For a while, we were hanging with them,” Runey said after the game. “There are some good things to take from that and a lot to learn. Hopefully we’ll improve.”

With three-year starting point guard Rhetta Moore moving on to play at North Florida, Josie Dennis has been thrust into a more prominent role. Dennis has responded by averaging 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.9 steals.

“Most of the leadership role has been falling on Josie Dennis at the guard spot, trying to replace Rhetta – just to be able to run the team like Rhetta could,” Runey said.

Forward Katie Cullum was a force in the paint at the end of last season and seems to have picked up where she left off, scoring nearly 11 points to go with 6.7 boards and 2.3 steals a night.

“Cullum knows what she can do and can’t do on the inside. She’s going to take the same shots she took last year. The difference is she’s going to get more opportunities. With my two big girls from last year gone, that’s 20 extra shots for other people to take per game,” Runey said.

Katie Brooks, another forward, is also averaging in double figures with 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals. Forward Kelly Drummond (4.1 points, 8.3 rebounds) and guards Jahia Williams (4.4 points) and Kassy Bradshaw (4.0 points) are contributing as well.

Other players seeing significant action include Shawna Swanson, Emma Albano and Kelly Perkins. Kayla Runey, Hannah Burns, Sophia Quinque, Patricia George, Janeya Johnson and Celia Campbell are also on the roster.

Bishop England has a handful of games over the Christmas break before hosting Lake Marion Jan. 5 in the region opener for both teams.

“We’re always going to lose some games,” Runey said. “We play in the Carolina Classic, and historically we lose two out of three there. But we play some good teams. We just have to be better than the best team in our region. Then we have to be better than those final three teams in the playoffs. It’s a work in progress.”

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