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Florence Area High School

West Florence hoopsters regrouping with new cast this season


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Florence – The West Florence basketball teams will have several new faces doing the bulk of the work this season but both teams stand a good chance of contending for playoff spots by February.

The boys team, coached by Pete Ellis, lost its top three scorers from a year ago when they finished with a 20-6 record. There are several returning players from that team but now those players are being called on for more production this season.

One such player is junior guard Sabien Nero, who averaged about three points per game last season but is averaging 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in West Florence’s first six games. Guard Jarrod Woodland is also in double figures early, averaging 11.7 points per game while junior Derrion Lloyd, a backup last season, is averaging seven points and nearly six boards per game.

Senior Nick Stewart also is upping his production. Through the first six games, the 6-4 forward is scoring 12.5 points and hauling in 11.5 rebounds per game. Junior Sharrod Simmon is averaging 7.0 rebounds and freshman Tyquez Eaddy is pulling down 8.3 boards per game.

The Knights won four of their first six games in the early season, including an impressive 90-74 win over Ben Lippen School. In that win, the Knights shot 50 percent from the floor and drained 12 three-pointers. West Florence also out-rebounded the Falcons, 50-33, and the bench scored 30 points in the most complete effort of the season.

The girls team has a new leader as Kim Jackson takes over the program in place of long-time coach Kevin Allen. Jackson has a pretty young team this season, leading to a 2-4 start.

There are five seniors on the roster with the top senior being Zyanna Giles, who averages nine points per game early on. The other seniors are Mary Catherine Outlaw (4.3 ppg), Tahtiahna Goodman, Chanelle Hayes and Carson Lee.

Junior Travisha Williamson is scoring 8.1 points per game early on and freshman Shakaylah Cohen is scoring 8.5 points per outing so far. Other freshmen seeing significant playing time include Nydrea Bradley (5.3 ppg), Shakayla Williamson (4.8 ppg), and Amaura Burgess (4.5 ppg).

 Juniors Rianna Stewart and Naudea Richardson also see significant playing time, each averaging about four points per game.


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