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Florence Area High School

Florence area teams earn playoff berths


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Florence – There were no state championships for Florence area high school basketball teams in the 2019-20 season but there was some postseason activity for area schools.

Both the boys and girls teams at West Florence High qualified for the state AAAAA Lower State playoff bracket.

The boys team finished second in region 6-AAAAA and posted a first-round win over James Island. The Knights lost in a second-round game to eventual Lower State champion Dutch Fork and finished the season with a 17-9 record overall.

The girls team went 7-3 in region play and hosted a first-round game against Berkeley in the playoffs. West Florence battled hard but lost a two-point decision to finish at 12-14 overall.

The girls team had just two seniors and will return a solid squad next season. Sophomore Zybreayziah Alexander finished this season averaging 11.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and earned all-region honors.

 Junior Shakaylah Cohen added 10 points and three assists per game while junior Shakayla Williamson averaged 8.3 points per game.

At South Florence, the boys team failed in its effort to earn a playoff spot and finished 9-17 overall. The girls team finished fourth in region 6-AAAAA and earned a playoff game. The Bruins lost to Goose Creek in a first-round game. Goose Creek went on to win a second straight AAAAA state championship.

Spring sports season underway

Despite less than ideal weather in early March, the 2020 spring sports season is underway across the state.

In early baseball, the South Florence Bruins are off to a 2-1 start. A few of the key returners this season include Harm Graham, Parker Moore, Mike Morris, Josh Collins and Kevin Brown.

While West Florence opened the season at 0-3, the Knights are a perennial playoff participant and should contend for a postseason spot again this spring. Among some of the top returners are Mac Faile, Cross Herbert, Dylan Snyder, Josh Williams and Shannon Jackson.

Veteran South Florence softball coach Bobby Jones recently recorded the 500th win of his career when his team defeated Lancaster, 5-1. All of Jones’ wins have come at South Florence.

Gracelyn Flowers is the team’s top returning player. Expect the Bruins to contend for the region title this season.


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