PSHS girls' basketball team heading to playoffs
It’s been a memorable season for the Philip Simmons High School girls’ basketball team, which has enjoyed an impressive first year as a varsity program.
Ranked in the top10 in the state during the season? Check.
Winning record? Check.
Playoff qualifier? Check.
So, do you believe in the Iron Horses?
The players certainly do.
“They believe in each other. They believe in the coaches. They believe they can compete and be successful,” coach Cedric Williams said.
The Iron Horses entered Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Timberland with a 14-8 record, including 5-4 in Region 6-AA. The game against the Wolves will settle the third and fourth-place finishers in the league. The winner claims third place and gets a home playoff game on Feb. 12. The loser finishes fourth and hits the road.
Win or lose, Williams believes the team is on pace to become a Region 6-AA heavyweight that can compete against perennial powers such as North Charleston and Burke.
“I think this team is where it needs to be,” the coach said. “It’s an honor and we just have to keep the momentum going. We’re just starting to get to the next level.”
The Philip Simmons boys’ team, meanwhile, concluded its season Tuesday against Timberland. The Iron Horses entered the game with a 6-15 record, including 1-8 in Region 6-AA play. Coach Garrett Campbell was pleased with his team’s development.
“It was a great year overall,” he said. “We fought in every game. We had three losses in region play that were by less than four points. We led each time heading into the fourth quarter. If we win those games, we finish in fourth place and make the playoffs.”
Campbell praised his players, including Mark Hayden, Antonio Leak and Jalen Green.
Hayden was the team’s point guard, team leader and leading scorer in region play. Campbell said he never subbed out Hayden. Leak was the team’s second-leading scorer, while Green had an up-and-down season because of foul trouble.
The Bishop England boys’ and girls’ teams both qualified for the playoffs heading into Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Manning at Father Kelly Gymnasium on Daniel Island.
The Bishop girls entered the game with a 9-0 Region 7-AAA record and needed a victory over the Monarchs to win the conference title outright.
The Bishop boys wrapped up a playoff berth when Daniel Brooks hit a shot at the buzzer to give his team a 41-39 decision over Georgetown on Friday night. The Bishops entered Tuesday’s game against Manning with a 12-10 record, including 5-4 in region play.
The Hanahan boys wrapped up regular-season play Tuesday with a road game at Waccamaw. The Hawks entered the game with only a 5-17 record, but were 4-5 in Region 7-AAA, which was good for fourth place. The Hawks needed a win or an Academic Magnet loss Tuesday night to make the playoffs. Academic Magnet was 3-6 in league play heading into its game Tuesday with two of the wins coming against Hanahan.
The Hawk girls’ season concluded Tuesday against Waccamaw. The Hawks were 2-16 entering the game, including 1-8 in league play.