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Hammond High School
Columbia

Young Hammond girls making solid progress this season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Columbia – With the exception of one lone senior, the Hammond girls basketball varsity roster looks more like a junior roster list of players.

Coach Roshan Myers has one of the youngest rosters in SCISA this season, including one sophomore, three freshmen and three more eighth-graders. But youth has not prevented Hammond from putting together a competitive season. Midway through the schedule, Hammond is 7-7 overall and 2-1 in region 2-AAA. Myers likes the potential and attitude of his team. The coach realizes that mistakes will be made but he hopes the team continues to learn and improve from the mistakes through effort.

“The team is extremely young this year, however, the ladies are playing hard and getting better each day,” said Myers, who has a 111-78 record at Hammond. “Our goals are to compete, play hard, and play one possession at a time. We also want to enjoy high school basketball.”

The lone senior on the team this season is Lauren Scott, who has loads of previous experience. Scott averages 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, adding 4.1 steals per contest.

Sophomore guard Tyra Myers is already a third-year starter and one of the state’s top underclassmen. Myers is scoring 18.6 points per game, adding 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 steals. She is shooting 40 percent from three-point range and also shoots 79 percent from the charity stripe.

The team gets very little in the way of consistent production from the rest of the roster but different players have been able to contribute from game to game. Freshman Annisa Evans has averaged nearly five rebounds per game, while eighth-grader Anna Katherine Adams is scoring close to four points per outing.

The remaining freshmen on the roster include Eliza Davies and Sophie Stevens, with eighth-graders Rebecca Waites and Grace Beacham rounding out the roster.

Meanwhile, the powerful wrestling program continues to put up impressive showings as the gear up for another run at the SCISA state duals title. Hammond is currently the top-ranked team in SCISA by scmat.com and is considered the favorite to win the duals championship in February.

The Skyhawks are strong in the lower weights with Sam Dubose at 120, Leo Addeo at 132 and Harper Meacham at 138-pounds.

Ryan Aiton is wrestling at 145 and Ryan Kane wrestles at 150. Aiden Palisin works in the 160-pound weight class while Owen Hales competes at 170.

 Jamison Phillips will be a state title contender at 182 pounds with Austin Boatwright working at 195 pounds. Rounding out the heavier weights are Jake Lalumondier at 220 and Henry Cole at 285.

 

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