Lady Green Wave looks to be a region contender

Carya Manick drives to the basket for the Lady Green Wave Nov. 29 during the 2019 Theresa Kendle Thanksgiving Classic tournament.

The Lady Green Wave Basketball team is looking to take things up a notch.

Summerville was pretty strong last season, but lost some tight games. The Green Wave finished third in its region and was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round with a 30-25 loss at Wando. Coach Calvin Davis is hoping his team can come out of more of those close battles with a win this season.

“I feel excited about our team,” Davis said. “We have a great core returning.”

Eight varsity lettermen return to the team including four who started last season.

Junior point guard Carya Manick, junior forward Kylie Sims and sophomore forwards Jasmine Grant and Nique Polite averaged approximately 9 points per game last season. Grant and Polite led the team in rebounds and Sims has demonstrated she is as comfortable shooting from the perimeter as she is driving to the basket.

Other lettermen returning are senior Teliya Johnson, juniors Lexi Shepard and Cynthia Lawerence, and sophomore Larrysha Smiley.

Summerville added two transfer students this season. Junior Rachel Davis has transferred from Goose Creek so she can play for her father. Abigaile Piper transferred from Byrnes for her senior season.

“Abigale will give us some shooting and my daughter brings hustle and energy,” Coach Davis said. “I expect our region to be tough, but we are a solid defensive team that works hard and takes pride in our defense.”

Juniors Kendal Elmore and Rebeccah Harley are also new to the Summerville varsity squad this season.

On Dec. 1 Summerville fell just shy of winning its annual Theresa Kendle Thanksgiving Classic tournament. The Lady Green Wave defeated area power Goose Creek to advance to the championship game but then fell 45-43 to Orangeburg-Wilkinson in a highly competitive game.

Summerville led 10-4 at the end of the first quarter and 21-16 at the end of the second. However, turnovers were costly for the Green Wave and OW finished strong.

Polite led the Summerville scorers with 15 points. Sims finished with 9 points while Grant had 6 and Johnson had 5.

The Lady Green Wave hosts its home opener against Hanahan at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. The Boys will tipoff following the girls’ game.