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Lady Trojans season ends in the second round of class A playoffs while wrestling returns with a bang

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek – The Cross Lady Trojans had a solid season as they finished the year at 16-7/ 6-2 unfortunatley it ended in the second round of the Class A play-offs with a loss to Lower State champion Military Magnet 54-33.

They finished second in region V with their only losses coming to the state’s top ranked class A team Scott’s Branch. They finished the year ranked in the top 10 at number 7. And they were also one of two teams to have two young ladies named to the SCBCA Class A all-state team in seventh grader point guard Nadia President and sophomore forward Taia Gattis were named.

Against Military Magnet President was hurt early in the game and did not return while Gattis showed why she is all-state by leading the Lady Trojans in scoring with 16 points.

The Lady Trojan’s will lose only one senior so expect them to be one of the favorites to win the class A crown next season.

Also returning will be junior Dynashia Gilliard, sophomore Amaarii Nelson, freshmen Tranice Smalls and Melaney Taylor, eighth grader Diamonigue Nelson and seventh grader Lauren Middleton.

“We had a good season, but we felt like it could have been better. We were up by one at half time, so we were in the game with Military Magnet,” said coach Reese Felder. “We preached preparation all year and the girls came prepared to win each night. We are excited for the future of Cross basketball.”

The Trojan Wrestling program came back strong as they finished the year ranked 16th by They had a few wrestlers qualify for the state meet with Damion Haines bringing home the bronze medal at 160 lbs. The freshman finished the year with 27-12 record and ranked sixth at 160.

 Also qualifying were Cameron White at 132 lbs., Santory Jones at 138 lbs. and Antwain Hoskins at 145 lbs.

Coach Willie Nearhood’s on his squad, “The guys did everything we asked, and it paid off. We will continue to work hard to build this program into one of the best in the state as the AA/A level”


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