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Northwood Academy girls basketball has bright future

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Though the disappointment of how this season ended will sting for a little while, the future is certainly bright for the Northwood Academy varsity girls basketball program.

Northwood’s 2019-20 season ended with a 60-53 loss to Cardinal Newman in the SCISA Class AAA state championship game. It was the second straight year that the Chargers had their season ended in the finals by Cardinal Newman. This year’s team finished with a 26-2 record.

“I am very proud of our effort tonight, we came to win,” Curtis said. “As a coach, I know we left some points out there. We didn’t play well with the lead and Cardinal Newman hit some shots. But we played as hard as we could play.”

The optimism runs high in the program as coach Ginnell Curtis had a roster with no seniors and only two juniors this season. Two sophomores, two freshmen and an eighth-grader played pivotal roles this season.

Eighth-grader Alayah Birch led the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game. She scored 17 points in the championship game. Junior Ke’Airra Gregory had 10 points in the finals and averaged 11.4 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

Freshman Amiyah Ferguson averaged 11 points per game and junior Rachel Ambroise and freshman Kayla Jones each contributed more than seven points per contest. Ambroise had 11 points in the championship game.

Junior Anaya Manigault scored about nine points per game this season and sophomore Aubrielle Harris added about six points per game.

“With seven kids and the tempo we play, sometimes we get gassed,” Curtis said. “We will learn from this. We have everyone back next year so we have a chance to be right back here again. We have a bright future so it’s back to work this summer. We will get better and stronger and hopefully put ourselves back in this position. Nothing is a given. We have to go out and earn it.”

The Northwood boys team earned an at-large bid to the SCISA AAA state tournament. The Chargers knocked off Laurence Manning in a first-round game before losing to eventual state champion Cardinal Newman in the second round.

 Like the girls team, the boys also will return most of their team next season. This year’s team had only three seniors. Junior guard Caleb Houston was the team’s leading scorer.

 

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