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Latta High School

Lady Vikings fall in Lower State championship

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The Lady Viking’s found themselves 16 minutes from making a trip to Columbia for the Class AA state championship as they led North Charleston 31-15 at the half of the lower state championship game, but in the second half the wheels fell off as the Lady Cougars came back to win 51-44.

While the end of the season was not what the Lady Vikings wanted, nevertheless, they had an outstanding season tying for the region VII crown with a 13-1 record and making it to the AA lower state championship.

“We had a good ride this season. We had 8 seniors this season and they wanted to go out with a bang, and they did,” said head coach Sandra Gomillon. “All year we told them to play our game and they did.”

Coach continued, “We just did not get the calls in the second half. North Charleston came out more aggressive in the second half and they trapped RiAna forcing her to give the ball, but the girls fought throughout the game and I’m proud of the effort.”

The Lady Vikings will have to replace 8 seniors and among them will be the Lady Vikings two-headed monster in RiAna Green and Moya McDuffie. Each was named AA All-State by the SCBCA. They both scored over 1000 points in their careers with Green tallying 1597 and McDuffie scoring 1148.

This season McDuffie led the team in scoring at 17.6 points per game while Green scored 16.9 points per game. McDuffie was deadly from behind the arc nailing a team high 63 three’s while shooting 57%.

Green led the team in steals and assists averaging two and four respectively.

Kadaisha Wheeler and Dasha Burdsall were the other seniors in the starting lineup. Wheeler was third in scoring at 7 points per contest.

Five other senior who will be missed are KeAsia Delrey, Eziara Grice, K’La Hayes, Joy-Berry Campbell and Allison Dotson.

“Our goal and expectation are to be better than we were last year. We accomplished all that this year. The seniors will be missed both on and off the court,” said Gomillion.

The Boy’s team finished the year at 9-11/6-8 losing to perennial state powerhouse Calhoun County 79-47 in the first round of the class AA play-offs.

Unlike the Lady Vikings, who were led by their seniors, the boy’s team saw the underclassmen step to be the leaders.

6-3 junior wing players Trevon Miles led the team in scoring and rebounding averaging a double/ double with 17.8 points per game and 12.3 boards a game.

 Two sophomore that stepped up were Darius Griffin and Jamario Taylor as they were second and third on the team in scoring with 9.4 and 8.3 respectively. Taylor led the team in assists at 2.1 per contest.

Another sophomore who saw plenty of action is Andrew Bryant. He was second in rebounding grabbing 9.4 a night.

 

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