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
Kynew Barnwell, WB: It was only a matter of time before the Warriors’ prolific-scoring guard hit the 1,000-point mark, and she reached it with a 23-point output in a region win over Lowcountry Leadership on Friday. Barnwell also collected nine boards and four assists in the win, and she put up 16 points a night later in a tough road loss to Wade Hampton.
Tacoya Heyward, BLHS: Still only a sophomore, Heyward is the undisputed floor general for a talented Bobcats’ squad, and her consistency is unmatched in the Lowco. A bona fide stat-stuffer, Heyward averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.3 steals, and 4.7 assists in three games last week — all wins — and those numbers aren’t an anomaly, they’re right around her season averages.
Tamya Hutchinson, HHCA: Hutchinson started off a big week with a bang when she put up 30 points in a tough overtime win at Calvary Day last Monday, and she kept it rolling with strong showings against Colleton Prep and Beaufort Academy to open region play. The Estill transfer averaged 17.3 points, six rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.7 steals in three games last week, and she barely saw the floor after the first quarter in one of them.
Abby Peduzzi, HHCA: The Eagles’ three-sport standout was a monster in the post in three games last week, averaging a double-double with 18 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, and adding in 1.3 assists and 2.7 steals per contest for good measure. Peduzzi was unstoppable against Beaufort Academy, racking up 22 points and 19 boards in a big region win.
Ashante Shaw, BCHS: Shaw was one rebound away from recording a pair of double-doubles this week, finishing with 11 points and nine boards in a road loss to red-hot Bluffton, but her most impressive showing came in a region opener against Academic Magnet. Shaw ripped down 20 rebounds to go with 14 points, finishing the week with an average of 12.5 points and 14.5 rebounds.
IN THE ROTATION: Shandi Brown, CCHS; Courtney Campbell, HHP; Katie Campbell, HHP; Makayla Chisolm, CCHS; Janiya Ferebee, HHIHS; Chyna Fields, HHIHS; Madi Washington, BLHS; Mike’Ala Washington, BA; Devon Yarde, HHCA; Lynda Young, HHIHS
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hilton Head Christian Academy Eagles (3-0 this week; 9-1, 2-0 overall)
Back-to-back weeks in this spot for the Eagles, and they could not be denied this time around. After opening the week with a thrilling 69-61 overtime win over Savannah power Calvary Day, Kenny Conroy’s squad breezed through its first two region games, routing Colleton Prep and Beaufort Academy. HHCA’s 86-54 dismantling of a solid BA squad served notice that the Eagles haven’t lost a step, and they remain on a mission for a fourth consecutive SCISA 2A title.
Honorable Mention: Bluffton (2-0, 11-1); Hilton Head Prep (1-0, 6-3); Battery Creek (1-1, 5-7)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Hilton Head Prep at Hilton Head Christian, 6 p.m. Friday
The Dolphins haven’t been on their archrivals’ level in recent years, so this rivalry has lost some of its luster, but Hilton Head Prep has always played Kenny Conroy’s juggernaut squads tough, and this year’s HHP team is the strongest in recent memory. With the addition of Katie and Courtney Campbell, the Dolphins have the guard play needed to hang with the Eagles, and their pressure defense can wreak havoc on anyone. With that said, HHCA made quick work of Beaufort Academy, and if the dynamic backcourt of Devon Yarde and Tamya Hutchinson and the post presence of Abby Peduzzi is operating in top form, the Eagles will be tough for anyone to beat.
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