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Manning High School

Manning girls looking to build off solid ’16-17 season

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

ManningDarren Mazyck is in his fourth year in charge of the Manning girls’ basketball team, looking to improve on a 23-6 mark and appearance in the third round of the playoffs last year. The Monarchs are 4-1 through the early portion of their schedule this season.

“We have a good core of returning talent and the expectations are always high. We want to pick up and continue and go at least as far as we did last year. We want to compete for a region championship first and then we’ll see what holds after that,” Mazyck said.

Guard Mahoganey Green, the lone senior in the starting lineup, is putting up 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.3 steals and 2.5 assists per game. It is her sixth season on the varsity squad.

Sophomore guard Measha Jones is playing above her age so far, averaging 19.7 points, 11 rebounds and 6.3 steals a night.

“Measha has been the leader so far. We’ve played five games and she’s scored over 20 points in four of those. She’s averaging a double-double and plays with a lot of heart and intensity,” Mazyck said.

Other starters include junior point guard Ni’tavia York, junior guard Niyah Brand (6.0 points, 6.7 rebounds) and sophomore center Myisha Smiling (7.0 points, 7.6 rebounds).

Several players have gotten extended minutes in reserve roles as well. Junior Jazlynn Hilton has been a huge surprise, averaging eight points off the bench. Ariyonia Busby (5.5 points) and Tajabreonca Dow are other guards, with sophomore Sequoia Junious and freshman Star Logan in the post.

“We’re trying to stay focused on defense. Offense, we’re still struggling trying to find ourselves, but we like to run and press. Our defense is going to translate to our offense in the early going, but hopefully we’ll be able to settle down, be patient, get a little more ball movement and a little more action offensively,” Mazyck said.

Also on the roster this season is senior guard Quinesha Rhames, senior forward April Williams and junior forward Kimora Hilton.

Manning will be participating in two tournaments this month, playing at South Florence Dec. 18-20 and in Kingstree Dec. 27-29. They’ll begin conference action Jan. 5 against Hanahan.

“By the time we get to region play, I want us to be consistent. I know we’re going to make mistakes, but I want us to be more consistent. If we can do that, we should be fine,” Mazyck said.

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