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Johnsonville High School

Johnsonville Flashes win the region VII championship

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek – Johnsonville ended its six-year play-off drought with one of the best seasons in school history as they went 20-2 and 13-1 in region VII play to capture the region championship and one of the number one seeded in the AA play-offs. Unfortunately, their season came to a sudden end when they fell to North Charleston 59-56 in the second round of the play-off.

After trailing by one at half time 29-28 the Flashes took a 43-39 lead into the fourth quarter and for the first time since their early season lost to East Clarendon, they let a fourth quarter lead get away.

“I’m so proud of this team and when I say, “team I mean team,” said coach Harris Avant. “All season long we would have different guys step when their number was called, they were unselfish, and they played hard every night.”

“We had had guys that played both ends of the court, we went 10 deep and the chemistry the team had set them apart. This team will go down as one of the best in school history. They were a joy to coach,” Coach Avant continued.

The Flashes had 7 players that scored over six points a game led by AA SCBCA All-State point guard Quez Lewis. Lewis. The junior led the team in scoring at 16 points a night as well as in assists (4.3) and steals (3). He was also named to the all -region team.

Joining Lewis on the all-region team were senior forwards Savion Graves and Rashawn Moore and sophomore Jace Avant. Graves was second on the team in scoring per game at 15.1. He was also second in assist and steals at 3.3 and 2.2 respectively.

Moore was the team’s top rebounder, snatching 8.7 boards a game while Avant averaged 9.7 points a night.

Isiah Brown was the third player to average in double figures a 12 points per game.

Seniors Kody Hanna and Nyavius Gilliard both averaged over six points and 5 rebounds per contest.

“One of our strengths all year was the play of our guards. Coach Jonathan Parnell did a great job of getting our guards ready every night,” coach Avant said. “We lose some great seniors but we have a good core group coming back so we are excited for the future.”

 

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