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Holly Hill Academy hoops teams show improvement


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Holly Hill – The youthful boys and girls basketball teams at Holly Hill Academy made solid progress during the 2019-20 season and the future is bright for both programs.

Both teams, coached by Michael Nelson, had their share of ups and downs over the course of the season and each performed better in their region schedule.

The boys team opened the season with eight straight losses but played more competitive basketball against conference opponents, winning six region games. The boys team made the SCISA Class A state playoffs but lost a first-round game to Beaufort Academy, 65-45.

Sophomore Jabari Sumpter, a 6-3 wing, was Holly Hill’s leading scorer, averaging about 19 points and 11 rebounds per game. Another sophomore, Marion Breland, also averaged in double figures.

The boys team did not have any seniors playing this season and the starting lineup included three sophomores and a freshman.

Sophomore Perrin Breland was a starting guard and freshman Tyler Wright earned starting time as well. Juniors Zach Pelloni and Crawford Thomas, sophomores Joe Huffham and Lucas Carroway and freshman Davin Walling are all slated to return with solid experience next season.

The girls team was a bit more experienced overall but only had one senior, Abby Montgomery.

The girls team also played well enough in region play to earn a spot in the Class A playoff bracket. They lost a first-round game to Wardlaw Academy, 54-43.

Sophomore Brooke Fennessy averaged about 10 points per game while sophomore forward Halle Mott was productive inside with about eight points and eight rebounds per outing.

Leigh Anna Johnson and Madison Steele rounded out the starting lineup.

Rounding out the girls roster were juniors Lanie Hopkins and Khushi Patel, and freshmen Julianna Grooms and Dakota Canterbury.



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