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Marlboro County High School

Marlboro County hoopsters in thick of region race


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Bennettsville – As the region schedule reaches the halfway point, both the boys and girls basketball teams at Marlboro County High are in the thick of the chase for the region 6-AAAA title this winter.

Both teams sit in good position to make a run at the championship, or at worst, earning a spot in the AAAA Lower State playoffs.

The girls team enters play on January 22nd at 14-5 overall and 2-2 in region play. The Lady Bulldogs have wins over Hartsville and Myrtle Beach while taking losses to Wilson and Darlington.

Coach Leah Zimmerman’s squad is led offensively by the tandem of junior Jasmine Norman and freshman Tysonia Lowe. Norman is averaging 19.1 points per game while Lowe is scoring 18.8 points per game.

Senior Kennedy Ashwood adds 8.3 points per game and Lanique James is adding 6.7 points per contest. Shaniya Oliver is good for 6.2 points an outing.

“Our main goal now is to win the region and get a good seeding in the playoffs and we hope to stay focused and keep improving so we can realize our goals,” Zimmerman said. “I am proud of the effort of my team so far this season.”

The boys team sits atop the region six standings with a 4-0 start. The Bulldogs are 14-5 overall and playing with great teamwork and consistency.

Senior Wesley Brown leads three players scoring in double figures at 11.5 points per game. He adds nearly six rebounds per game. Junior DreVeon Scott is scoring 10.4 points per game while adding 5.9 rebounds, and senior Ryan Dupree is scoring 10.2 points while leading the team in rebounding at 7.4 boards per game.

Shawn Lucas is scoring 6.5 points and Jamiek McCoy is adding 8.1 points per contest. Junior point guard Devonta Oliver dishes out 5.2 assists per game and is scoring 8.5 points.

“We have good depth and can go as deep as we need to,” coach Troy Brace said. “We get a lot of contributions from all the guys.”

Brace stresses to his team the importance of staying focused on doing the little things well. His hope is that his team continues to progress as they continue to battle in a difficult region.

“We are off to a good start, but we have to continue to grow and learn every game,” the coach said. “This team has a chance to do well if we can keep moving forward and not get satisfied with having early success.”




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