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Holly Hill Academy hoops teams showing improvement


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Holly Hill – The youthful boys and girls basketball teams at Holly Hill Academy are making steady progress as the 2019-20 season hits the final stretch drive.

Both teams, coached by Michael Nelson, have had their share of ups and downs over the first six weeks of the season. However, both also have experienced better success in their region schedule.

The boys team lost their first eight games and have yet to win a non-region game this season. However, the Raiders have picked up two conference wins in their first five league games and look for a strong finish.

Sophomore Jabari Sumpter, a 6-3 wing, continues to have a great season, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game. Sophomore Marion Breland is averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game.

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

Sophomore Perrin Breland joins his brother as a backcourt starter and freshman Tyler Wright has earned starting time as well. Juniors Zach Pelloni and Crawford Thomas continue to work in the starting lineup.

Sophomores Joe Huffham and Lucas Carroway, along with freshman Davin Walling, contribute minutes off the bench.

“Our effort is really good and the guys have a good attitude,” Nelson says. “We haven’t been really bad in any game. Some of our losses have been good, competitive games. We just haven’t put it all together yet. Consistency is a big thing and that will improve.

“We played some tough teams early and hopefully that has helped us grow some. But I am encouraged. They haven’t dropped their heads and they are still getting after it.”

The girls team has slightly more experience overall and has managed a 6-6 record overall and a 3-2 start in region play.

Nelson’s girls team has only one senior, Abby Montgomery, who averages about 10 points per game. Sophomore Brooke Fennessy also averages 10 points per game while sophomore forward Halle Mott averages eight points and eight rebounds per outing.

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

 "We compete pretty well and we have pretty good balance among our starters,” Nelson said. “We lack experienced depth so we have to play smart, at least until the bench can gain some experience. But it’s a competitive team. To be honest, we probably should have more than four wins. The potential is there. We just have to work on being more consistent.”

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



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