Cane Bay splits in season finale
The Cane Bay-Stratford matchups on Friday presented each school with a chance to end the season on a high note, and they split the Region 7-AAAA doubleheader at CBHS.
The Lady Cobras got nine points apiece from seniors Kabreea Howell and Brookelynn Doctor en route to a 50-22 victory in the girls game.
The Knights then won the nightcap, 57-48, behind four double figure scorers. Teandre Hansley had 16, followed by Vernon Lowndes with 13 points and Markel Epps and Demetre Rivers with 10 points each.
It was the first season at Class AAAA for Cane Bay after two years each at Class AA and Class AAA.
“I think we made some progress,” Cane Bay girls coach Ira Owens said. “Obviously moving into a region with West Ashley and Goose Creek. We knew there would be some challenges there.”
Owens’ team, which finished 8-13 overall and 2-6 in the region, loses six players for next year - five seniors and an exchange student.
“We’re going to be guard heavy next year,” he said.
The top players statistically moving on are Doctor and Howell. Doctor averaged 7.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, while Howell averaged five points and 4.7 rebounds.
The Lady Cobras bring back leading scorer Makayla Dudley, who will be a senior. She averaged team highs with 8.2 points, 3.2 steals and 2.3 assists. Freshman Shameque Robinson also made key contributions this season with 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Junior Lindsay Manning figures to make an impact next winter too after suffering a torn ACL in the third game this season.
Guard McKenzie Yon had 11 points to lead the Stratford girls team, which finished 3-20 overall and 0-8 in region. She will be the Lady Knights’ top returner next season.
The Cane Bay boys finished the season with a 6-14 overall record and 1-7 mark in region play.
“It was difficult,” Cane Bay coach Calvin Craft said. “I knew coming in it would be, moving up. We’re by far the smallest school in this region by about 350 kids. That’s about a whole class for us. And athletically we don’t’ have the same type of guys.”
The loss was the final game for five Cobras.
Craft’s team does return three of its top four scorers, though. Junior Jiquan Hammond led with 18.4 points per game, followed by junior forward Raekwon Rivers at 10 PPG. Hammond also averaged three steals and three rebounds.
Sophomore guard Louis Rivers averaged 5.2 points.
Senior Traevon Doctor was third in scoring (7.5 PPG) and first in rebounding (5.2 RPG).
“I like the core group of guys we’ve got back,” Craft said. “ Jiquan is one of the best players around here.”
Against Stratford, Rivers had 18 points and Hammond scored 13 points before leaving with an injury.
The Knights finish the season 10-14 and 2-6 in region.
“We were on so much of a roller coaster all year. It was unreal,” SHS coach Troy Johnson said. “We didn’t do a good job of being more up than down. We ended the year with two wins but this team’s expectations were much higher.”