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Wade Hampton Red Devils back in the state championship game for the first time in 33 years

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – Last Saturday at the Florence Center the Wade Hampton Red Devils left no doubt that would be headed to Columbia in a week as they outscored Cheraw 47-30 in the second on their way to a 66-44 victory.

The red Devils last appeared in the AA state championship in the 1986/87 season when they beat Batesburg-Leesville for their second title in school history.

“This feels great! Especially since we lost here two years ago in overtime.” said Wade Hampton head coach Romon Gray. “It has been 33 years since we have played in the state championship. I’m excited for the players, coaches, fans and the community.”

The win earned them a date with the defending AAA champs and perennial state power Keenan. The Raiders beat the Seneca Bobcats 59-45 to improve to 24-6. They are led by SCBCA AAA player of the year Raekwon Horton. Horton averages 21.9 and 9.5 rebounds per game. Jazian Gortman averages 17 points per contest.

“Keenan is great team so we will have to prepare well this week. We will watch film and get our defense ready. We will be ready Saturday,” coach Gray said.

The Red Devils have their SCBCA AAA All State player in Brandon Brantley. The junior shooting guard comes into the game averaging 16.4 points per contest. He will be looking to rebound after scoring only 9 points all in the fourth quarter in the lower state championship game.

The teams second leading scorer is senior Quayshon Williams at 10 a game. He had 9 against Cheraw. He was a strong inside presence for the Red Devils.

Jamie Richer led the Red Devils in scoring in the lower state championship game with a 20-point night with 10 coming in the fourth quarter. The 5-11 sophomore was a blur on the break in the fourth quarter racing past Cheraw defenders.

Senior Samuel Gray led the third quarter charge with 7 of his 17 points.

The Lady Red Devils had their own All State player to in Shia Kinard.

 

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