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Thomas Heyward hoopsters off to tough start in region

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Ridgeland – After starting region play on the bad end of things, the basketball teams at Thomas Heyward Academy have some work to do down the stretch if they hope to be a part of the SCISA state tournament in mid-February.

The boys team, coached by Buzz Bonds, has started 0-3 in region play with a 6-8 overall record. The Rebels were 14-9 a year ago.

The team is led by senior guard Bryce Tillotson and sophomore forward Zach Black, each averaging in double figures this season. Both averaged just under 10 points per game a year ago.

Junior guard Bobby Payne is another returning starter from last year and also is a capable scorer. He averaged 10.2 points per game last season. Senior guard Trey Pusha is another top player for the Rebels.

Other seniors this season include Joseph Gibson, Roman Padgett, Peyton Scott and Dalton Hayes. Juniors Louie Smith and John Clark Tilton, and sophomore Bruzza Pusha round out the current varsity roster.

The girls team is 2-8 overall after 10 games with an 0-2 start in region play. Seniors Ivy Bryan and Gabby Boyles, along with junior Bayli Belger are the top returning players. Freshman Keleigh Bowers has been a solid addition to the roster, along with freshmen Gracie Wade and Abigail Hayes. Juniors Olivia Pace and Karleigh Edmonson, and sophomore Amelia Bonds, round out this year’s roster.

Several members of the state championship football team have been named all-state by the High School Sports Report. Trey Pusha was named the SCISA Class A Player of the Year while Bryce Tillotson was named the Class A Defensive Player of the Year. Head Coach Nic Shuford was tabbed as the Class A Coach of the Year.

 Earning selections to the Class A SCISA all-state team were Evan Brazil, Bobby Payne, River Pender, Joe Gibson, Therion Cannon, John Hewlett and Timber Hexamer.

All of the selections will be honored at the HSSR All-State banquet on February 10th at 4 p.m. The event is held at the Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia.

 

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