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Lake City’s Khalil Fulton captures silver at AAA state individual wrestling meet

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – After finishing second at the lower state Lake City’s Khalil Fulton was looking to bring home gold at the state individual AAA meet, unfortunately he faced his nemesis from Cheraw Tyrin Jordan and dropped a 2-1 decision in the final. He still brought home a Silver medal from the meet to finish out his high school career. He was ranked second all year by scmat.com at 195.

Also competing at the state meet was Cameron Butler who finished second at the Lower State AAA meet to qualify the State meet. The sophomore is ranked sixth at 145 by scmat.com.

As a team the Panthers finished fourth in the region to earn a spot in the AAA state dual meet championships. The fell to Waccamaw in the first round.

The Lake City Panthers made the class AAA state basketball tournament for the fourth consecutive season thanks to a late season four-game winning streak that allowed them to tie Cheraw at 7-3 for second in VI AAA. Due to a tie breaker they ended up as the number two seed from region and a home play-off game. They fell to Manning 53-51. Hilson Bailey led them on scoring with 16 points.

The junior forward led the team in scoring and rebounding with 10 points and 7.3 boards a game. He played his best basketball down the stretch keying the Panthers winning streak. He tallied 16 against Manning.

Junior wing E.J. McCalm will be back next season as one of the teams leading scores and rebounders. This season he pulled downed 6.2 boards a game. He scored 10 points in the Panthers play-off loss to Manning.

Lake City head coach Charm Eaddy knew her team would take some lumps this season because of their youth. She was correct as the Lady Panthers finished the year at 4-15/ 4-6. The four region wins were enough to get them into the play-offs where they ran into state powerhouse Bishop England.

“We struggled to finish around the basket all year. And that is due to our lack of focus at times and our inexperience,” said coach Eaddy. “Getting to the play-offs was a good experience for us and that we have a lot of work to do if we want to play with the best.”

 The Lady Panther’s will return 10 of their 12 players next led by the two Jada’s, junior Dickson and eight grader Montgomery. In a big late season win over Cheraw they scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

Other returning players are sophomore Xzerrya Clark, freshmen Januaeria Green, sophomore Kyeisha Black, junior Sarah Leiter, sophomores Mion Frierson and Arianna Barr. Frierson led the Lady Panthers in scoring against Bishop England with 7 points.

 

 

 

 

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