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Palmetto Christian High School
Mt. Pleasant

Palmetto Christian hoopsters ready for region play

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – After competing against a tough slate of games against larger schools, the basketball teams at Palmetto Christian Academy will settle into region games for the remainder of the season.

Both the boys and girls teams at PCA spent the first six weeks of the season playing larger SCISA schools from Class AAA as well as some public school competition. The early results have been up and down, which is expected, but both programs are hoping to fare well in region play and earn spots in the Class AA state playoffs in February.

The boys team went 3-10 in non-region play but opened the conference season with a win to improve to 4-10 overall. The Eagles suffered some close defeats in December and feel confident about their chances in region play. Remaining conference games include Williamsburg Academy, Northside Christian, Thomas Sumter, Carolina Academy and Northside Christian.

Two seniors and two sophomores shoulder most of the load for the team this season. Sophomore forward Kendall Chakeris has been a force on the inside through the first half. Chakeris is averaging 13.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this winter. He adds about 2.1 steals per game as well.

Senior guard Cole Silvester also scores in double figures, averaging 12.9 points per game. He also grabs 4.3 boards and averages 2.0 steals per contest.

Senior Grayson Silvester is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while sophomore Malachi Ancrum averages 6.9 points and 2.3 assists per game as a guard.

The girls team went 5-7 in non-conference games and look forward to the region slate as well.

The girls team is balanced in terms of scoring while getting contributions from a host of players. The team’s leading scorer after 12 games is Katelyn Howard, who averages 9.4 points per game. Howard also averages nearly three steals per game.

Olivia Horne is averaging 8.1 points per game while also working hard on the boards for 7.1 rebounds per outing.

The team’s leading rebounder is Lauren Pernell at 7.6 boards per game. Pernell also adds 6.7 points and 3.1 steals per contest.

 Gracie Cammer is scoring 6.8 points per game while averaging 2.7 steals. Emily Campbell is good for 4.8 point and 3.1 rebounds per game, while Bailey Kaiser is pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game to go with 1.3 blocks per game.

 

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