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Colleton County basketball teams expected to contend in 8-AAAA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – Colleton County’s 2017-18 basketball season is underway and expectations are that both the boys and girls teams can contend for the region 8-AAAA title this winter.

The region will be quite balanced and competitive this season and competition for the four playoff spots will be stiff. But Colleton County returns enough experience to make their case by February.

The boys team, coached by Jason Smith, was a state playoff participant last season, finishing with a 15-10 record overall and a 7-3 slate in region play. Smith returns his top three players from last year’s team and all three were double-digit scorers.

Senior Nyeem Green averaged 13.4 points per game and led the team in rebounding at 8.2 per contest. Senior De’iajae Ferguson averaged 14.5 points per game, tops on the team, while senior guard Tristian Nieves averaged 13 points per game.

The Cougars are off to a 4-2 start this season. Green is averaging 9.1 points and 6.6 boards per game while Nieves is scoring at 11.6 points per game. Ferguson is off his pace of last year but is scoring 10.4 points and dishing 4.8 assists per contest in the early season.

Junior Bailey Encalade has contributed 5.8 points per game early on while junior Shykem Chisolm is scoring nearly six points per game. Junior Devin Farmer and junior Javon Williams are adding about five points per game and senior Jerry Green is pulling down nearly six boards per game while adding about five points.

Colleton County lost their first two games before reeling off four straight victories. The teams in region to contend with include Stall and Berkeley.

Coach Perry Smalls also returns solid experience on the girls team. The squad posted a 13-9 record last season and also earned a spot in the playoffs.

The team is loaded with underclassmen this season, led by top returning scorer in junior guard Scha’Mari Stephens, who averaged 11.5 points per game. Sophomore Omari Kirkland is a guard/forward and averaged 10.2 points per game while junior guard Kari Edwards scored 9.2 points per outing.

Sophomore forward Zy’aire Johnson averaged 8.5 points a year ago and sophomore guard Jade Frazier was good for 7.1 points per game last season.

Other key contributors include sophomore forward Ashley Savage, senior guard Shantasia Allen, and freshman forward Ashley Bowman. Savage and Allen each contributed about five points per game last season.

Grant participates in North-South all-star game

Colleton County quarterback Craig Grant was selected to play in the North-South all-star football game, which was contested on December 9th in Myrtle Beach. Grant saw plenty of action at quarterback in the game, completing nine of 15 passes and throwing a touchdown pass.

During the 2017 season. Grant rewrote the passing record book at Colleton County. He threw for 3,354 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 758 yards rushing with 13 more scores.

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