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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Bishops hoopsters rolling through region play

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Daniel Island – It is not uncommon for big headlines to be made when it comes to basketball season at Bishop England High School.

 However, in most years, the major news is coming from the girls program, which has been a state championship staple for several years running under the direction of veteran coach Paul Runey.

While the girls program is again having a very solid season, posting an 11-6 record overall and a 4-0 mark in region 6-AAA, it is the boys team that is drawing the major headlines.

Entering play on January 24, the Bishops were the second-ranked team in Class AAA as the only unbeaten them in the classification at 19-0. A hard-fought region win over Georgetown on January 21 pushed the Bishops to 4-0 in region 6-AAA.

Bishop England now sets the pace in the region with a road game at Georgetown coming in the last week of the season.

Balance, depth and leadership are the hallmarks for this team. Senior leaders Patrick Antonelli and Aidan McCool have produced solid numbers. Antonelli leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game, dishing out 6.9 assists and 3.5 steals per game. The point guard is shooting 79 percent from the line and has made 30 three-pointers.

McCool averages 13.8 points per game, adding 4.6 rebounds with 35 made three-pointers. He also shoots 79 percent from the charity stripe.

Junior Daniel Brooks leads the team in rebounding at nearly eight boards per game while contributing 13.8 points per outing. Senior Ty Schaafsma is adding 9.3 points while Jack Rider and Thomas Michel contribute around five points each.

The Bishops average 66 points per game but allow just 45.3 points. The Bishops shoot 54 percent from two-point range, 37 percent from beyond the arc, and nearly 70 percent as a team from the free throw line.

The girls team took some lumps early but appear to be rounding into form at the most important time of the season. Only guard Lily Woods is averaging in double figures at 10.5 points per game. Other contributions come from Jaiha Williams (7.9 ppg, 3.4 apg), Emma Albano (6.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Ella Schar (6.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Princess Scott (6.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Ally Dominiak (5.9 ppg, 3.0 spg).

Bishop England is holding opponents to less than 43 points per game while scoring about 52 points per game. The trademark defensive effort remains in full force as the Lady Bishops average nearly 16 steals per contest.

The wrestling program is working towards a strong finish with individual wrestlers hoping to advance to the state individual tournament in late February.

Among those competing in the lineup regularly are Kelly Enright (120), Cross Allison (126), Ryan Turner (132), Andy Tosca (138), Jackson McGeachy (145), Chip Carlson (152), Than Sembos (160), Marc Maymar (170), Collin Rudolph (195), Andrew Simmons (220) and Edwin Carpenter (285).

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