At the onset of the season, Summerville coach Teresa Kendle hadn't won a basketball game in four years. That is no longer the case.
Kendle, one of the most successful coaches in the state, took a hiatus from basketball four years ago to focus solely on volleyball. She returned to the hard wood this season with more than 500 wins under her belt so you might think one more victory wouldn't be a big deal to her. However, she admits that after starting the season with three consecutive losses, Wednesday night's victory over Hanahan was special.
"It's pretty exciting to get that first win," she said. "This is a new era for me so I guess that is a milestone, so to speak."
The Summerville girls avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Hawks (2-1) with a 57-47 win at home. The Lady Wave jumped out to a 13-9 lead in the first period, but Hanahan hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second to take a 15-13 lead. A few minutes later, Dariele Scott made a steal and drove the court for a layup to give Summerville the lead for good. Summerville took a 26-19 lead into the half and a 43-32 lead at the end of the third period.
"We played some good defense tonight," Kendle said. "That was key. Defense has always been one of our trademarks so hopefully it will be again this year. The team showed a lot of character at the end when Hanahan started to press us."
Jasmine Stephens led the Lady Wave shooters with 15 points. Jonell Hamrick had 13 and both Portia Conover and Shanolla Council had 10. Jasmine Simmons and Scott contributed 4 each. Ashley Barnes led Hanahan with 18 points and Shakena Gilliard contributed 13 for the Lady Hawks.
Summerville hosts Berkeley Friday and Hanahan travels to Timberland.
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