Teamwork and hard work are operative words Hanahan girls basketball coach Tom Slawson uses when talking about his team’s potential this season.
“We’re not going to be a one-man team like last year,” Slawson said after a recent victory over Ashley Ridge. “We’re going to have to depend on each other and fight together when we get down.
“We don’t really have that one person to go to. I like that better. Now the girls trust themselves to do more when they don’t have to look to one person to score.”
Slawson’s team returns two starters from last winter when they advanced to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. Senior point guard Alexis Harper and junior shooting guard Hannah Brown give Hanahan an experienced backcourt. Slawson said Brown is “probably the best shooter on the team.”
In the win over Ashley Ridge on Dec. 4, Brown poured in a game-high 17 points and nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Lady Hawks to the 45-40 win. Harper chipped in 10 points.
McKenzie Yon, a freshman transfer from Stratford, also gives the Lady Hawks some starting experience at guard. She started for the Lady Knights last season.
Junior center Tenea Hamilton and junior forward Manny Victor round out the regular starting five. Other players that could register some starts and significant minutes are junior Jalyn Washington, senior Amber Conley, junior Mikaela Arigo and freshman Dannielle Harper.
The Lady Hawks were 1-1 heading into Monday’s scheduled game at Cane Bay. They host Class AAAA power Goose Creek on Friday. The game should serve as a barometer to see where Hanahan really is.
“If everything comes together and we play like we want us to play, the sky is the limit for this team,” Slawson said. “… We have to continue to work hard and play hard.”