Hilton Head Christian girls setting sights on title
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – Never one to count chickens before they hatch, Hilton Head Christian girls’ basketball coach Kenny Conroy knows his team has work to do if they hope to achieve their goal of a SCISA AA state championship.
However, the coach also realizes he has the talent and experience to be a state champion this season. The Eagles are 13-2 overall on the season, will easily win a region title, and will enter the state AA tournament as the team to beat.
“I have a great group of girls who work really hard,” says Conroy. “They have put the time in during the off-season and have done the little things to make themselves better. They have big goals and I don’t think they will get complacent or satisfied. I won’t let them be satisfied.
“We still have work to do. We have to clean some things up, getting better on defense. We hope to be successful in the state tournament but, as we all know, you have to play well every night. One bad night and it’s over.”
Hilton Head Christian advanced to the state final four in AAA last season, losing to eventual state champion Heathwood Hall.
This year’s team is good at doing things that most girls’ basketball teams on the AA SCISA level are not good at, such as three-point shooting and free throw shooting. This team can score the basketball, averaging 74.1 points per game on the season.
On January 26, Hilton Head Christian ventured to AAA Pinewood Prep for a non-region game and won, 71-61. The Eagles hit eight 3-pointers in the game, which is about their per-game average. The Eagles shoot 41 percent from the field and nearly 65 percent from the charity stripe.
“We are a good shooting team,” says Conroy. “We are not going to beat teams in the 30’s. We feel like we can be in the 70’s and force teams to score with us. We take about 22 three-pointers per game and we hit about eight or nine. We have several good shooters.”
Four of five starters average in double figures, led by junior small forward Ziarra Doe, who averages 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Senior Monica Bundy averages 13.2 points, as does sophomore point guard Macee Tamminen. Senior guard Andy Anderson chips in 12.8 points per game and averages 5.2 steals per contest.
Junior Hannah Reynolds is the fifth starter, averaging six points per game. Coming off the bench are Lauren Shand, Stevie DeSimone and Jossie Frazier.
“Some of these girls have been with me for four years, some for three years, so it’s a fairly veteran, experienced group in what we do,” said Conroy. “They are very comfortable in our system and they are very unselfish. They really do play well as a team.”