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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Bishop England hoops teams win region but come up short in playoffs

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Daniel Island - Bishop England’s highly successful girls basketball coach Paul Runey has not had to deliver many “end of the season talks” in recent years.

Runey’s program has won six state championships since 2012, including five of the last six seasons. But Runey had to deliver such a speech after his team lost to Marion, 59-47, in the third round of the Class AAA Lower State playoffs.

The defending state champions ended their 2019-20 season with a 19-8 record while Marion, the state’s top-ranked team in Class AAA, went on to win the Lower State championship and played in the state finals.

“Haven’t had to give that end of the season talk very often here in the last decade or so,” Runey said. “It’s always tough to lose once you get to this point, but hey, we lost to a better team tonight. I told people last year that Marion would be a force this year. They’re very good. We didn’t play our best tonight but Marion had something to do with that.”

Runey’s roster this season had a host of underclassmen and the coach says the potential for another run next season may be in the offing.

“The one thing I told them was remember how this hurts and come back and put the work in to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” the coach said.

Only guard Lily Woods averaged in double figures at 10.5 points per game. Guard Jahia Williams was named the region player of the year. Williams average eight points and nearly four assists per game. Senior Emma Albano added about six points and six rebounds per game while Ella Schar contributed 6.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Princess Scott added 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds and Ally Dominiak scored nearly six points with three steals per game.

Woods, Albano and Schar were selected all-region 7-AAA.

Meanwhile, one of the best seasons in school history ended for the boys team in the third round of the playoffs. The Bishops lost to Wade Hampton to finish with a 26-3 record.

Senior point guard Patrick Antonelli was named the region player of the year after averaging 14 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 steals per game.

Also earning all-region honors were seniors Aidan McCool and Thomas Michel, along with junior post Daniel Brooks.

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

Brooks led the team in rebounding at nearly eight boards per game while contributing 13.8 points per outing. Senior Ty Schaafsma added 9.3 points while Jack Rider and Michel contributed around five points each.

 

 

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