Wednesday, December 18, 2013
It had all the intensity and energy rival games usually provide. The end results were also commonplace.
Goose Creek High School rolled over to Hanahan High School on Friday and swept both games, winning 73-38 in the girls game and 54-45 in the boys contest.
A packed house and boisterous environment made for a big-game atmosphere. Both Goose Creek teams improved to 3-0 on the season by continuing their dominance of the series.
“They fill it up and it gets loud in here,” Lady Gators coach Tim Baldwin said. “The people are involved. They pay their $7 and they want to get in here and yell and holler and boo… They’ve got a great student section over there.”
Baldwin’s team trailed 7-5 after a quarter but outscored the Lady Hawks 21-10 in the second quarter and 24-14 in the third to pull away.
“We just played sloppy early and they took it to us,” Baldwin said. “This is one of those games every year we know is going to be a challenge.”
Senior guard Alex Ludwig led four Goose Creek players in double figures with 18 points. Semoine Frasier added 16 points, Mariah Linney 13 and Shakeia Joy 12 for the Lady Gators.
Joy also chipped in six rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Ericka Broughton made her presence felt around the basket with 10 rebounds and five blocks.
In the boys game, the Gators raced out to an 11-point lead in the opening quarter but Hanahan would not fade away.
The Hawks stayed within striking distance in what turned out to be a defensive struggle and closed to within 37-32 with 5:05 left in the game.
But Jordan Gillison answered with a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Gators back up by eight. Hanahan never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
“There are teaching moments throughout the year, things you can learn from,” GCHS coach Blake Hall said. “There are a lot of valuable things we can take away from this. It was a struggle and it was ugly but some guys showed me a lot in tough situations.”
Chris Singleton led all Gators with 14 points and also made five steals, while Dantez Bennamon added 10 points and Levante Britt nine. Jordan McElveen and Gillison had eight points apiece.
Britt and McElveen led in rebounding with six each and Britt made five blocks.
Goose Creek continued non-region play at Fort Dorchester Monday and is set to return home Wednesday, Dec. 18 to take on Timberland.