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Hilton Head Prep High School

Basketball season goes well at Hilton Head Prep

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Despite not finishing the way they had hoped, with a state championship trophy, the girls and boys basketball teams at Hilton Head Prep had successful seasons in 2019-20.

The girls team was coached by Dan Sheehan, who just completed seventh season. The Dolphins won seven games last season and qualified for the SCISA Class AA state tournament. As expected, the girls team improved to 12 wins this winter and again played in the SCISA state tournament

Sophomore Ella Clark was among the key returning players. Clark averaged better than 10 points per game and also was a key defender and distributor.

Three other key contributors from the sophomore class were Haylee Hopman, Annie Braun and Abi Mendoza.

The team also had five seniors, led by Kiersten Clark, a guard. Mackenzie Joyner, Ella Alsko and Noelle Saylor all returned this season with significant experience as well. A newcomer senior, Maddie Frank, proved to be a valuable worker on the boards.

Freshman Jackie Sullivan and eighth-grader Gracie Henderson round out the squad this season.

The boys team, coached by veteran Jerry Faulkner, won the Class AA state title with a 26-2 record last season. However, the bulk of that team, including five seniors, graduated. Faulkner, however, worked his magic again and guided the Dolphins to a 21-7 record. The team lost in the second-round to Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach in overtime, which ended the bid to repeat as state champion.

The top offensive threat this season was senior guard Tyrone Calloway, who dramatically increased his offensive output from a year ago. He had 21 points in the playoff loss and averaged nearly 20 points per game on the season.

Senior forward Stone McDonald was a strong, consistent performer inside and joined Calloway as an all-region selection..

Two other contributing seniors were Felipe Mendoza and Luke Bennett. Juniors who fulfilled expectations as contributors included Carson King, Harrison Green, Luke Foley and Max Marko.

Rounding out this year’s roster are sophomores Connor McDonnell and Ryan Mikell, and freshmen Thomas Dowling and Kane Eanes.

Faulkner will have to replace Calloway and McDonald but with several underclassmen returning with a year of experience, the expectations of success will not change at Hilton Head Prep. For both programs.

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