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Pinewood Prep hoopsters off to good start this season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Basketball season is in full swing across the state of South Carolina and the two programs at Pinewood Prep are off to a good start in 2017-18.

Pinewood’s boys team, coached by Pat Eidson, has won seven of their first nine games to open the season. The Panthers have losses to Stall and Cardinal Newman.

Pinewood Prep finished with 23 wins a year ago and Eidson has a handful of returning players from that squad. Replacing six seniors was the early concern but the Panthers seem to have found early chemistry.

“I really like my team this year and I look forward to competing and improving with each game,” said Eidson, who has more than 750 career coaching victories.

The top returning player for Pinewood this season is 6-6 swing man Jalen Slawson, one of the top players in SCISA basketball. Slawson, a Furman signee, averaged 15.3 points per game a year ago. Early on this season, he is scoring about 16.9 points per game while hauling in 9.6 rebounds.

Junior Walker Lima returns as a starting guard and rates as the team’s best perimeter shooter. Lima averaged 6.6 points per game last season but is around 10 points this season. He led the team with 58 made three-pointers last season.

Freshman guard Cohen Gaskins also returns and adds about 7.7 points per game while junior wing/forward Ben Diffley returns from last year and is averaging 6.3 points per game early on.

Two newcomers making an impact this season include senior guard Jaterric Clark and junior guard Ja-Saun Pryor. Clark is averaging 10.7 points through nine games while Pryor adds 8.6 points per game.

The team’s only other senior on the roster is Mikey McVeigh. Others juniors include Josh Higuchi, Johannes Therkildsen, Tim Ottges and Max Grothaus. Freshman Logan Stern rounds out the roster.

Pinewood Prep will play in a pre-Christmas tournament at Ashley Ridge and then play post-Christmas in the Rotary Roundball Classic.

Coach Tony Bulford’s girls team also started well, winning five of their first seven games. Pinewood won 16 games last season.

Seniors Anna King and Kayla Bennett-Shaffer are the top two returning players. King is coming off a season last year in which she averaged 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Bennett-Shaffer, a post player, averaged 11.3 rebounds per game a year ago.

Sophomore guard Emma Robertson also returns with experience. She averaged 4.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game a season ago. Junior Grace Powell averaged 6.2 points and 6.3 boards per game last winter.

Other returning seniors include Sydney Pritchard, Hannah Rodgers and Elizabeth Hansen. Areanna Lewis and Mary Grace Robertson are returning juniors, while sophomores include Daryan Bryant and Jayden Weston.

 Rounding out the varsity girls squad are freshman Jessica Mangus and eighth-grader Kylie Jennings.

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