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Pinewood Prep winter sports updates

By Roger Lee


Summerville – The Pinewood Prep Boys Basketball team got out to an 11-10 start, but is looking to finish strong.

“We have played an extremely difficult schedule which should prepare us for our region play and a good run in the state tournament,” Pinewood coach Pat Eidson said. “Even though our record does not indicate it, we are a very talented team that has lost a lot of close games.”

Close losses include an 81-78 loss to Laurence Manning Academy, 76-75 loss to North Charleston, 56-52 loss to Summerville and 73-66 loss to James Island. Pinewood has wins over Academic Magnet, Calhoun County, Heathwood Hall, Wilson Hall, St. John’s, Cross, Oceanside Collegiate Academy, Laurence Manning Academy, Orangeburg Prep and Northwood Academy.

“We’ve made some tremendous comebacks only to lose at the end,” Eidson said. “We must get more consistent, but I think we are going to be fine. I really like how my team never gives up. If we stay healthy, I am really excited about what we can do the rest of the season.”

Senior guard Cohen Gaskins is the Panthers’ leading scorer, averaging 23 points per game. He has already surpassed the 1,000-points scored benchmark of his high school career. Sophomore Tariq Shabbazz averages 16.5 per game for the Panthers and Price Lenoir averages 8.8.

Gaskins is also the team’s leading rebounder with 7.8 grabs per game. Lance Saulisbury, the team’s 6-foot-10 center, averages 6.4 rebounds per game plus 3.3 blocks.

Gaskins is also averaging 3.2 assists per game while Shabazz is averaging 3.2 assists plus a team-high 3.1 steals per game. Junior Logan Stern looks to be on the upswing, averaging 15.5 points in the last two games.

Other members of the team are Josh Higuchi, Ray Cherisol, Kevin Chai, Ben Brown, Collin Briscoe, Nashon Hudson, Jaa Scott, Song and Phillip Hoos.


Pinewood Girls BB

The Pinewood Girls have been hampered by injury this season, but still have time to make some good things happen.

The Lady Panthers opened the season without starting guard Daryan Bryant and starting forwards Emma Robertson and Jayden Weston. Two of the seniors have finally returned to the lineup, but Bryant, who was the leading scorer last season, hasn’t.

The team got out to a 3-10 start with a 1-2 mark in region play. However, Pinewood has won two of its last four games.

“I’m proud of how the girls are playing,” Pinewood coach Tony Bulford said. “We have a lot of inexperience and they are learning a lot. Getting two of our senior leaders back has helped tremendously. I like the direction we are going.”

Robertson is leading the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game. She is also the leading rebounder, averaging 13 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Jessica Mangas is averaging 6.2 points per game. Sophomore forward Kylie Jennings has also been big on the boards, averaging 11 rebounds per game.

Other members of the team are juniors McKenna Zielke, Ellie Rodgers, Olivia Truitt and Anna Kabine, sophomore Olivia Polk and freshmen Caitlyn Bulford, Marissa Mangas and Reagan Walker.


All-state Athletes

The HSSR has released its All-state teams for the fall sports. Pinewood athletes named All-state include Daniel Grimes (Swimming), Anna Parker (Golf), Jayden Weston (Volleyball), Jessica Osborne (Tennis) and Elin Fields (Cross Country).


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