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Hanahan High School

Hawks aiming to put it together by region play


By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR


HANAHAN – The Hanahan boys basketball team has had some ups and downs this winter but it’s all about getting ready for region play, seventh-year coach Pieter Smits said.

Hanahan is 5-5 after losing to non-region rival Berkeley High School 61-46 on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The Hawks are set to travel to Cane Bay on Friday, Dec. 15 before hosting James Island on Dec. 19. They begin play in Orangeburg’s Sweet 16 tournament on Dec. 26 against Bethune-Bowman.

Through 10 games, the Hawks are being powered by senior guard Jalen Gibbs. He averages 18.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.9 steals per contest. He’s reached 25 points twice this year.

“Jalen Gibbs is a great kid overall,” Smits said. “Reminds me of another guard I coached at Goose Creek, Dantez Bennamon.  Jalen has the ability to stay calm when the situation seems to get difficult or when everyone is celebrating.  He’s an honor roll student and helps out in the community."

Senior forward Nick McKnight averages 11 points and two assists a contest. Senior Noah Mills is third in scoring at 8.6 points a game followed by junior forward Davis Wood at 6.5 points per game.

Wood and senior forward Josh Kinloch are the leading rebounders with seven and five boards a game respectively.

Junior guard Richard Horry contributes 2.4 assists per game.

“We have the best basketball skill set from the top to the bottom of the lineup in my seven years at Hanahan,” Smits said. “There will be a core of 8-10 players who will make up the rotation, in which any of them could be the leading scorer each night.”

The Hanahan girls are out to a 3-4 start after losing close to Berkeley, 40-34.

 Senior Madeline Ferris leads the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game. Senior guard Ashley Meckley averages 9.4 points.

Junior Golden Thrower is the top rebounder with nine a game, followed by Ferris (5.9) and Meckley (4.7). Meckley leads in assists per game (4.1) and steals per game (2.6).



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