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St. John’s wrap up basketball campaign


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

 John’s Island – The basketball season at St. John’s High School is complete. The girls team made the Class A Lower State playoffs while the boys team just missed out on the postseason.

The Islanders split their first six region games and were 5-8 overall on the season at the midway point but managed just two wins down the stretch to finish 7-15 overall and 5-9 in region 4-A. The Islanders were sixth in the eight-team region.

The Islanders went 14-8 overall and 10-4 in region play last season but coach Kevin Hammack lost seven seniors from that team.

This year’s team had only two seniors – Deawndre Brooks and Myles Smith. Underclassmen shoulder a lot of the load. Juniors included Cam Neeley, John Collins and Caleb Montgomery.

Sophomores contributing included Jordan Brown, Bernard Brown and David Macias. Rounding out the roster were Crystihan Birrueta and Jaiden Morrison, along with eighth-grader Trenton Rivers.

The future looks bright next season with so many returning players while some of the top teams in region four are losing significant players.

The girls team finished their season at 8-13 overall and 5-7 in region play. The Islanders finished fifth in the region and earned a spot in the playoffs but were a first-round victim by Cross High.

Senior captain Bernardica Brown was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game this season. Junior Kynaja Fludd averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Freshman Aaliya Liftherd was good for 5.1 points and was the team’s leading rebounder at 7.7 boards per game. Liftherd is a 6-2 forward. Eighth-grader Kinaya Smith is adding 4.5 points per game.

Other members of the team this season included freshman Kamiree McKnight, sophomore Cali Brisbin, senior captain Juliette White, freshman Kayla Carry, freshman Jocelyn Robinson, senior captain Laura Hernandez, sophomore Katelyn McTeer, junior Johnera Odom, sophomore Mykayla Nelson and seventh-grader Kennidra Robinson.

At presstime, St. John’s was still in the process of interviewing and naming a new head football coach. Former coach Josh Harpe was relieved of his duties last month. Harpe was the coach for three seasons.



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