HSGBB: Short-handed JPII comes up short at home

John Paul II’s girls struggled to a 29-19 home loss to Charleston Collegiate on Friday, as a young Golden Warriors squad continues to play without two key veterans.

JPII won the first meeting, 26-18 on on Dec. 10, and they had opportunities to complete the season sweep but were unable to take advantage.

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“We will become more competitive when we hit free throws and eliminate unforced turnovers,” JPII coach Karen Floyd said. “Getting two of our veterans back after the break will be beneficial as well.”

The Golden Warriors have been without Taylor Michael and Caroline Gilmour, two of the top returners off a team that lost three-time region Player of the Year Tkai DeVore to graduation.

Ru Bennett had a strong game for JPII with six points, five rebounds, and four steals, while Cayce Graves swiped 10 steals to go with five points, and Maddie Heathcott grabbed eight boards.

JPII (1-4) is off until hosting two-time defending SCISA 2A champion Hilton Head Christian Academy on Jan. 5.

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