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WW King High School
Batesburg-Leesville

W.W. KING BASKETBALL STILL WORK IN PROGRESS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. – Both varsity basketball programs at W.W. King Academy are in the rebuilding mode. The varsity girls coached by Dennis Gibson are off to a 2-5 start and the varsity boys coached by Jonathan Davis is off to a 0-6 start.

The girls roster has only six players that does not include any juniors or seniors. Coach Gibson is again building a program from bottom up as he did at Wardlaw Academy a few years back. He hopes to have some help up from the winning junior varsity next season.

The Lady Knights are being led this season by Emme Buzhardt (fr) who has scored 48 points so far. She has been a starter since seventh grade. She has 85 rebounds already this season and has 634 career boards. She has averaged 12.14 boards this season.

Ashlyn Dowling (fr) is second in scoring with 33 points. She leads the team in steals with 17 and has 3 blocks. Alex Mitchell (so) is the point guard and has scored 32 points with 5 assist. Laci DuBose (8th) has scored 17 points and is second in rebounds with 24 and has 7 steals and 3 blocks.

Rounding out the Lady Knights roster are Carlee Holsonback (fr) and Addie Smith (fr). They have scored a combined 16 points and a combined 30 rebounds.

Coach Gibson will work hard to caution the players to stay out of foul trouble. Already has had to finish games with less than five players on the court.

Coach Davis saw his varsity boys team take a major blow during the football season when two of his players went down with major knee injuries. Wilson Parrish and Tyler List were lost for basketball because of those. Also, another decided not to play this year.

Then, to top that off two players on this seasons roster are out with injuries. Carter Welsh (sr) is out with an ankle injury and Hagan Williams (so) is out with stress fractures to both legs. Both should be ready after the Christmas holidays.

So far, the Knights are averaging only 16 points a game while giving up 49 points a game. The Knights are losing the battle in all areas of the game right now but are working hard to find their footing.

The seniors on the roster are Truman Caughman, Jackson Parrish and Welsh. The two juniors are Grady Williamson and Bryan Doolittle. The two sophomores are Joe Sauls and Williams. Rounding out the roster are freshmen Travis Long, Quinten Miller and Holden Welsh.

 Coach Davis is hoping for better results after the Christmas break when he gets the injured players on the court again. Also, there is help on the way down the road when his junior varsity guys come up. His younger team is off to a 5-2 start to the season.

 

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