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Lake View girls basketball team advances to postseason

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake View – Though the season did not end the way they had hoped in 2019-20, it is safe to say the Lake View girls basketball program is going in the right direction.

Last season, Lake View advanced all the way to the Class A Lower State finals for the first time in school history. This year’s team had the potential to do as well, if not better.

However, a controversial technical foul ended up costing the Wild Gators a playoff game against Military Magnet and the season ended with an 18-4 record. It seems Lake View coach Larry Inman felt he had one timeout remaining and called time with three seconds on the clock and Lake View leading by one point. The officials conferred and it was ruled that Lake View did not have a timeout remaining, thus the technical foul. Two made free throws later and Military Magnet was advancing.

“I hate that our game was decided the officials calling me for a tech, but so much for that, its water under the bridge now,” Inman said.

Regardless of the ending, Inman was pretty pleased with the overall performance of his young team.

“We had a lot of nagging injuries but the girls responded very well this season to what we had to do to get to where we were last year,” the coach said. “We are still a young team that’s hungry to win a championship. Our goal is to put Lake View girls basketball on the map so they can be recognized by the media and colleges.”

Two underclassmen made the Class A all-state team by the South Carolina Coaches Association. Sophomore Ja’Niyah Waters and eighth-grader Gwendasia Page were the all-state selections. Waters averaged 12 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while Page averaged 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Both players also were selected to the all-region team, along with sophomore Zan'Dasia McNeil. McNeil contributed 7.5 points and 4.3 boards per game.

Freshman Sa’nyah Williams added nearly six points per game and eighth-grader Jaleya Ford averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Lake View played in a three-team region this season but the new realignment will put more competition in the region. Inman welcomes that challenge.

“It will be a challenge in a bigger region but I think that it will be good for my team because it will prepare us for the playoffs,” he said. “Through hard work and dedication, hopefully we will be a contender in 2020-21.”

Lake View boys make postseason appearance

For the second consecutive season, the Lake View boys basketball team enjoyed some postseason success. Unfortunately, this season ended as it did a year ago with a second-round loss.

The Wild Gators beat Lowcountry Leadership in a first-round game before losing to Military Magnet. The final record was 12-12, which is remarkable considering the season started at 1-7.

 “Overall, the season was successful,” coach Jeffery Ceasar said. “Although we didn’t get as far as we would have liked, we are progressing the right direction as a program.  I feel like the future of Lake View varsity boys basketball is bright.”

Senior Ja’Montrell Waters had a solid season, earning Class A all-state honors as well as the region player of the year. Waters averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season.

Seniors Jiqyle Reaves and Larry Inman II also made the all-region team. Reaves averaged 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while Inman averaged 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.

With those three seniors leaving, underclassmen will be asked to carry the torch next year. Two key returners will be Ja’Correus Ford, who averaged 6.1 points per game, and Derrick Bethea, who added 5.2 points per game. Ford will be a senior while Bethea will be a junior next season.

“We are going to miss a very talented group of seniors.  However, I expect a lot of from the group that is returning next year.  We have a lot of work to do over the summer to make sure we stay on track.”

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