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Stratford High School
Goose Creek

Knights eyeing playoffs, winning record

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK - Stratford High School boys basketball coach Mike Jenkins believes the Knights are ready for a strong finish to the regular season.

The Knights improved to 10-8 overall and 2-1 in Region 7-AAAAA with a 42-41 victory at home against Cane Bay High School on Tuesday.

“This team is capable of competing with the top schools in the state on a good night,” said Jenkins, whose squad is slated to face Berkeley on Jan. 24 and Goose Creek on Jan. 28. “The nights we don’t play well, you see a whole flip flop from that. We’re finding that consistency. On the nights we play well it’s because we make the chippies, the ones we should make. Defensively, we’ve played well all year long. When we put things together, we’re pretty tough.”

Senior Wesley Witherspoon scored 12 points and senior TJ Coakley added nine points and 12 rebounds in the win over Cane Bay. The Knights have played three games decided by a total of four points in region play.

Stratford defeated Wando by two points and lost to James Island by one.

“The kids are playing with a no-quit attitude,” Jenkins said. “They’re finding ways to win in a tough region”

Witherspoon leads a balanced-scoring effort for the Knights, scoring 9.2 points per game. Junior David Washington is next at 8.1 points per game while junior Jontae Adams and junior Ja’Rel Cheeseborough add 7.9 points per game. Coakley chips in 6.7 points and leads in the rebounding department, grabbing 6.5 boards a contest.

Washington and Adams track down 5.4 and 3.8 rebounds respectively. Sophomore Caleb Pratt averages 3.4 boards.

Adams leads in assists and Cheeseborough in steals.

“We don’t have that one guy who is going to average a lot of points every night but we’ve got a bunch who can go from anywhere from 9 to 14 on any night,” Jenkins said.

The Knights have their sights set on their first winning record since 2013-14 when they went 16-9 under former coach Troy Johnson. They last made the playoffs in 2016-17.

“The opponents we’ve had in non-region games have shown us a lot of different styles that will prepare us for the region,” Jenkins said. “We’ve seen some slow ball. We’ve seen some fast ball. We’ve seen some big teams. We’ve seen some quick teams.”

 

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