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Dillon Christian High School

DILLON CHRISTIAN HOOPS OFF TO STRONG START

By: Gerald Doolittle

Dillon, S.C. -The varsity basketball teams at Dillon Christian School are off to a great start to the 2017-18 season. Both teams are coached by Bo Stone. The girls are off to a 7-1 start and the boys stand at 6-1.

Most of the boy’s roster is filled with a group of seniors that also played on the football team. They have a winning mentality that has carried over to the basketball court. That mentality led to two straight football titles.

The eight seniors on the roster are Diaz Alexander, Montez Alford, Jackson Wolfe, Ross Carlyle, Hamilton Hodges, Ian Patterson, Bryan Davis and Garrett Collins.

Rounding out the roster are juniors Azeon Brown and Mason Bailey along with sophomores Walt Bailey, Ian Bethea and Phillip Campbell.

“We have a good mix of returning talent and newcomers on this team,” said Coach Stone. “They are beginning to mesh well together. Four of our seniors, Alexander, Wolfe, Carlyle and Alford, have all started for us in the past and bring experience back to our lineup. Sophomores Bethea, Bailey and Campbell bring in a lot of talent and are pushing the upperclassmen hart for playing time. Our bench is both deep and athletic and I look forward to watching this team gel and improve over the course of the season. If the guys buy in on defense and share the ball on offense they should have a very successful season.”

The Warriors compete in SCISA Region 3-AA with Christian Academy, Marlboro Academy, Pee Dee Academy, The King’s Academy and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate where some of the best basketball in SCISA is played. They will open region play on 12/15 playing on the road at The King’s Academy.

The varsity girls team is being led by Samantha Carpenter who is the only senior on the team. Coach Stone has all five starters returning from last year.

Joining Carpenter on the roster are Lizzie Outlar, Anna Thompson, Sarah Grace Stone, Sara Freeman, Anna Brown, Audrey Polverari, Cattie Eggert and Morgan Moody.

“We return all five starters from a year ago,” said Coach Stone. “The girls have gotten off to a great start to the season. If they stay healthy will have a chance to be really good. Freeman has really done well in the post and is much improved from a year ago. Thompson has shown the ability to hit from outside and Carpenter and Outlar have been able to get to the rim pretty well so far. Stone has improved her shot from a year ago and is providing steady ball handling.”

“We have a solid bench this season,” continued Coach Stone. “Brown has provided solid minutes in the post and Polverari is learning how to use her athleticism to her advantage. Eggert is a very steady reserve guard who is improving every day. Moody rounds out our roster as a reserve forward.”

Coach Stone will work hard on keeping his teams healthy and focused on the task ahead of winning the region and advancing deep in post-season play. He would love to have both teams playing on Championship Saturday in February.

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