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Kingstree High School

Lady Jaguars fall in the second round of the class AA play-offs

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The Kingstree Lady Jaguars were sitting at 14-6 and in the thick of the region VII race eyeing at least one home game in the class AA play-offs, however, they dropped five straight games and nearly missed the play-offs.

Coach Wendell Hayes’s Lady Jaguars made the play-off and then went on the road and beat Calhoun County 46-34. They out scored the Lady Saints 17 -6 in the fourth quarter to walk away with the win.

The team’s motto was “Defense Travels” and the Lady Jags were solid all season on defense allowing only 43 points per game. They held 12 opponents to 40 points or less during the season.

Unfortunately, as coach Hayes predicted they struggled on offense at times during the year and it happened in key moments.

While the Lady Jags will lose some key seniors, they will have freshmen guard Takiyah McGee back. She was the team’s top scorer at 10.4 points per game. She led the team in three pointers with 20 but needs to improve her shooting percentage from behind the arc.

Eighth grade point guard Destene Goodwin and junior forward Ashanti Barr will also be back. Barr was the team’s leading rebounder at 7.8 per game while Goodwin was second on the team in assists.

Also returning for the Lady Jaguars are sophomore guards Jada Montgomery and Makeda Murphy and freshmen forward Sanaa Pressley, center Kira Brown and guard Diedra Epps.

The Jags three-year play-off run ended as the Jaguars finished the year at 6-16/ 5-9 and missed the play-offs. They dropped 12 of their first 15 games and could never get on a win streak during the yeara

“We didn’t play up to our potential all year. I had high expectations this season because we returned a veteran team,” said head coach Earl Brown Jr. “We never came together as a team and no one stepped up to assume the leadership role.”

Junior shooting guard Clinton Faulton (5-10) is second in scoring at just under 10 points per at 9.8. He is a first-year starter while sophomore Deon Edwards have provided solid minutes when in the game.

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