Throughout the high school girls basketball season, we’ll recognize the standouts from the previous week’s action with the Lowco Girls Hoops Spotlight presented by 4M Metals.
We select our Starting Five of the top players of the week, along with a few standouts we’re keeping “in the rotation,” as well as a Team of the Week, and highlight the biggest game of the upcoming week. Here’s this week’s installment of the Lowco Girls Hoops Spotlight presented by 4M Metals.
LOWCO STARTING FIVE OF THE WEEK
Shandi Brown, CCHS: Although it was a tough week for the Cougars, who dropped two of three following a seven-game winning streak, their sophomore guard continued to put up big numbers. Brown scored 19 points to go with four boards and four steals in a loss to May River and bounced back the next night with 17 points, seven boards, and six steals in a win over Hanahan.
Tacoya Heyward, Bluffton: Heyward grimaced in pain throughout a hard-nosed win over Hilton Head High on Friday in which she still tallied eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, eight steals, and seven deflections. That’s the kind of effort and production the Bobcats have come to expect from their sophomore star, who averaged 10.6 points, 8.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 7.6 steals, and 5.3 deflections in three wins this week to help Bluffton stay unbeaten.
Madi Washington, Bluffton: Another member of Lonnie Roberts’ outstanding sophomore class, Washington has taken over in the paint for the Bobcats, and she was at her best against Hilton Head, leading Bluffton with 11 points and 15 boards in a defensive contest. She also put up 10 and seven in a win over Beaufort to open region play, averaging 8.3 points and 10.6 boards in three games this week.
Kiara Wilson, BCHS: Everything for the Dolphins flows through Wilson, a junior guard who has been a team leader since her freshman year. So when she’s going good, Creek is on the rise, and she was awfully good during a 3-0 week. After scoring nine points against Wade Hampton, she matched that output along with five assists and two steals in a win at Beaufort and put up 13 points, four assists, three boards, and two steals in an overtime victory at Whale Branch.
Morgan Scott, MRHS: The Sharks have put a lot on their sophomore standout’s shoulders, and they have proven broad enough to carry a young team that is still finding its way. Scott has been sharpening her game to prepare for an inevitable move to the wing if she wants to play at the next level, but she still knows how to work in the post and does plenty of damage in the paint. She put up 26 points and eight boards to help May River snap Colleton County’s win streak and scored a team-high 11 in a loss to James Island.
IN THE ROTATION: Courtney Campbell, HHP; Makayla Chisolm, CCHS; Lilly Cooler, HT; Eliza Gaillard, HT; Jaalina Mosley, BLHS; Ashante Shaw, BCHS; Kiana Smashum, WB; Daisy Taylor, RHHS; Gianna Timko, HHIHS; Quinn Wilson, BHS
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Battery Creek Dolphins (3-0 this week, 4-7 overall)
We said in last week’s Lowco Hoops Report podcast that the Dolphins were much better than their record indicated — six of their seven losses have come by nine points or fewer — and they proved us right this week, racking up road wins over Wade Hampton, Beaufort High, and Whale Branch. The Dolphins had a different hero each night, too, as junior guard Kiara Wilson, junior forward Ashante Shaw, sophomore guard Sophia Felix, and freshman guard Genesis Wilson all had their moments to shine. Lonnie Kluttz’s young squad is coming together and will be a tough matchup in Region 8-3A.
Honorable Mention: Bluffton (3-0, 7-0), Holy Trinity (3-0, 9-1) Hilton Head Prep (1-1, 5-3)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Seahawk Holiday Classic, Dec. 20-22
Not too many games in town this week, as most of the action is relegated to tournaments, and the best field in the Lowco will be at Hilton Head High, where play got underway Monday and continues through Wednesday. A strong girls bracket is led by unbeaten Trinity Collegiate and sophomore phenom Kiyomi McMiller, SCHSL 5A power Sumter High School, and Florida’s Bishop Kenny High School with senior guard and North Florida commit Maddie Millar. If you can’t make it out to HHIHS, we’ll have coverage of the tournament here on LowcoSports.com.
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