Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A longstanding tradition on Red Bank Road, Teacher Appreciation Night near the end of the season is likely one time Goose Creek’s basketball coaches don’t mind their teams spending a little extra time peering into the stands to see who is watching.
“Any time you get the faculty and staff at a game, we want to honor them for all the hard work that they do,” said girls basketball coach Tim Baldwin, whose team coasted past Stratford 65-9 on Friday night. “We all know that any sport is temporary. Education is definitely a lifeline to develop young kids into successful people… I think we’ve got teachers at Goose Creek that go above and beyond. The teachers play such an influential part in what we do.”
Ericka Broughton, Jalvin Jones and Alex Ludwig led Goose Creek’s girls (17-3, 4-1) with 10 points apiece, while Sahara Pringle added nine points and Ashley Fields eight points. Shakeia Joy tacked on six points.
Joy led with seven boards while Miranda Stewart had six boards.
Three players had three points apiece for Stratford.
After the Lady Gators won, the Goose Creek boys team cruised too, beating the depleted Knights 57-29. Stratford played without its two leading scorers. One was out for disciplinary reasons and the other was sick.
The Gators led 28-16 at halftime and broke it open with a 17-4 run in the third quarter.
“The kids, more than anything, appreciate the faculty and staff being here,” Goose Creek boys coach Blake Hall said. “They notice it. I don’t think the teachers realize it but when the kids see their teachers in the stands supporting them, it means a lot. It has an effect in the class room too.”
Dantez Bennamon had 17 points to lead Goose Creek (15-4, 4-1 region). Chris Singleton had 10 points and Deshawn Evans added eight points.
Casey Amidon led Stratford with seven points while Stanford Pringle added five points.
“(Playing without our top two scorers) put us behind a major eight ball but the kids played hard,” Johnson said.
Goose Creek was to play at West Ashley on Tuesday after press time before traveling to Wando for another key region game on Friday.
“This is make or break time,” Hall said.
Both Stratford teams are winless in region play.
They host West Ashley on Friday before traveling to Wando on Feb. 5.