Mullins to have five honored at HSSR banquet
By C.R. Cumbee
Mullins—To the victor goes the spoils.
After an outstanding season that culminated in a Class AA state title, the Mullins girls’ basketball team will reap several individual awards at the upcoming HSSR Winter Sports Banquet to be held April 23rd at 3 p.m. at Seawell’s in Columbia.
Head coach Myron Gerald was named the Class AA Girls’ Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Auctioneers to their first state championship since 1999. Mullins was 20-2 overall and a perfect 12-0 in conference play. They defeated Christ Church, 62-50, in the finals.
“It’s almost surreal, but now I can say there’s one with my name as head coach. We built it from the ground up and we achieved it as a group. We did it as a program, brick by brick. That speaks volumes of our team, our community and our school,” Gerald said.
Point guard Brittani McDonald will also take home one of the top honors at the event. The senior is the Class AA Girls’ Player of the Year after averaging 24 points, 10 steals, five rebounds and four assists per game.
“She knows it’s time for us to take the next step and she seems to be more driven and more vocal while also still leading by example. She’s going to show everyone what needs to be done because she wants (to win a state title),” Gerald said of McDonald earlier this season.
Two other starters will pick up trophies as well. Senior guard Serenity Hunt and sophomore guard Janell Sindab were each tabbed on the Class AA Girls’ All-State team.
Hunt put up 19 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 steals this year while Sindab, who scored 18 points in the championship game, averaged seven points, three steals and two assists a night.
The final honoree for Mullins is eighth-grade forward Jenlea Nichols, who was selected for the HSSR All-Rookie team after recording six points and seven rebounds on the season.
“She’s got to step up and be vocal (next year). She gave us some big minutes in the playoffs and very big minutes (in the state championship),” Gerald said of Nichols.