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Johnsonville High School

The 10-1 Flashes are the surprise team in AA but don’t sleep on them

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek – The Johnsonville Flashes have not been to the playoffs since the 2013/14 season so entering the 2019/20 that was one of the goals they set to accomplish before the season began and to help make that goal a reality they have gotten off to a 10-1/ 6-1 start after they ran away from Latta 90-29 on Tuesday night.

The Flashes opened the season by winning their first 7 games before dropping a tight contest on the road at region leading East Clarendon 65-56. Since that game they have won three straight including a win at Mullins and down the stretch both Mullins and East Clarendon must make the trip to Johnsonville.

“Our main goal this season is to get back to the playoffs. It has been along since we have made them. This group of guys have played together since middle school. Anyone of them can lead the team at any time,” said head coach Harris Avant. “We had a good group returning but we received a boost when two seniors that did not play last year came back to the team in Cody Hanna and Isiah Brown.”

We played Marion in a preseason Jamboree and we matched up well with them. It gave our kids a lot of confidence that they could play with anyone and it certainly helped us in our region road wins,” coach Avant continued.

The Flashes are led by a three-head monster in senior forwards Savion Graves and Brown and junior point guard Quez Lewis. Lewis is the teams leading scorer at 17.4 points per game as well as leading in assist 5.3 and steals at 3.7. He scored 20 in the win over Latta.

Graves is averaging 14.7 points per game and Brown is knocking down 12.7 points a night. Graves is the team leader in threes made with 23 while Brown scored 20 points against Latta.

Sophomore Jace Avant is on the cusp of averaging in double figures scoring 9.6 point per game to go with 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals.

Three seniors provide more depth for coach Avant in forwards Rashawn Moore, Hanna and Nyavius Gilliard. They all average over 7 points a game with Moore grabbing a team high 9.5 boards a game.

As a team they are shooting 48% from the field and averaging 78 points a game. They have topped 80 points 7 times thus far.

“This team is dialed in and they understand what they need to do. They watch film and try to get better every day,” Avant said.

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