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THA hopes to continue hot hoops starts

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Rebels ready for the region

  • Carmen Pinckney/Special to JCST Thomas Heyward’s girls basketball team, 8-1, begins the region schedule Jan. 3
  • Dalton Steedley and Thomas Heyward’s boys basketball team have won six straight games.

The current rest from the court finds Thomas Heyward’s basketball teams enjoying the holidays.

The Rebels’ boys and girls are 8-1, with the boys on a six-game winning streak.

Both teams resume play Jan. 3 at St. Andrew’s, which kicks off the SCISA Region 4-AA schedule.

The girls, who have outscored their opponents 431-225, look forward to the playing well in the region.

“We’re excited for the region,” Gabby Boyles said.

“We’ll all be working hard over the break,” Olivia Pace said, “Personally, I’d like to have better vision on the court.”

The region includes John Paul II (7-3, 1-0 region) which began its region schedule with a 52-31 win over St. Andrew’s Dec. 14. The team is led by Hardeeville resident Tkai Devore, who is averaging 20 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Against St. Andrew’s, Devore scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.

While the girls have been perennial playoff contenders, the boys are having their best season in years.

“Believe me, it’s great to finally be winning,” senior Trace Lowther said. “I’m 18-41 now. I’m winning more games this year than the other years combined.”

Eight wins is already the most for the school since Thomas Heyward’s boys won nine games in 2014.

THA is paced by a balanced attack. Zack Black leads in scoring (10.1 PPG), followed by Bobby Payne (8.8), Lowther (7.3), Bruzza Pusha (7.3) and Bryce Tillotson (7.2).

Black, who has three double-doubles, also leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game, followed by Own White (6.2).

“I finally have the weapons to do what I want to do,” said Rebels coach Bob Layman, who likes constant motion.

According to MaxPreps, the Rebels’ 64.3 points per game is sixth best in SCISA among Class AA schools.

The team leads Class AA SCISA schools with 40.7 rebounds per game

The Rebels know the region won’t be easy, but the excitement level is high.

“It’s a young team, and we have a lot of work to do,” Coach Layman said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Beaufort Academy and John Paul II are each 1-0 in the region. John Paul (3-6, 1-0) beat St. Andrew’s 58-53, led by Amere Cherry’s 23 points. Cherry is averaging 16.5 points per game.

Thomas Heyward’s varsity boys and girls are set to visit Faith Christian (Jan. 4), the boys visit Bethesda Academy (Jan. 5), both teams visit Colleton Prep (Jan. 9) and they host Royal Live Oaks (Jan. 11).

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