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Hanahan swept away by Green Wave

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013

Roger Lee/Gazette Hanahan senior Wesley Kennedy drives to the basket for a layup against Summerville.

Hanahan made its runs, but in the end Summerville had too much offense for the Hawks.

The Green Wave boys earned a 61-57 victory on the road Saturday to improve to 3-1 on the season. It was the second straight single digit loss by the Hawks to a local Class AAAA power.

A night earlier, Hanahan lost a hard-fought battle with Goose Creek, 54-45.

Hanahan got out to the best start as Wesley Kennedy scored 14 first-quarter points to lift the Hawks to a 20-17 lead. The senior hit three shots from 3-point range in the opening quarter.

But Summerville opened the second quarter with a seven-point run to take the lead and entered the half up 32-26. Summerville senior John Jenkins had three shots from behind the arc in the quarter.

The Green Wave extended its lead to nine, but the Hawks cut their deficit to three entering the final period and tied the game at 51 in the fourth. Summerville capitalized on a couple of takeaways late in the final quarter to take a 59-51 lead, but the Hawks didn’t stop fighting.

Kennedy hit his fifth 3 to cut the deficit to five points. However, Summerville made two free throws to secure the victory. Rodney Keener hit a shot from beyond half court just before the buzzer but that left Summerville ahead by four.

“We didn’t all come out with great intensity, but our bench helped us out a lot tonight,” Jenkins said. “Hanahan was tough and came out strong.”

Kennedy led all scorers with 23 points. Keener added 20 points for the Hawks.

Jenkins led Summerville with 22 points while Timmy Singleton added 11 and Kawuan Cox came off the bench to add 10.

In the girls game, the Lady Green Wave got out to a fast start in a 68-44 win.

Heather Chapman led all scorers with 24 points. Ashley Green added 15 for Summerville and Zuri Green added 13.

Hannah Brown led Hanahan with 11 points while Tenea Hamilton and McKenzie Yon both added seven for the Lady Hawks.

Summerville improved to 3-1 on the season while Hanahan fell to 2-3.

“We got back to focusing on playing Summerville basketball tonight,” Summerville coach Matt Legare said. “Hanahan has a good team and they’re well coached, so we were pleased to be able to get back to playing good basketball against them.

“Ball movement on offense and team defensive pressure were the key tonight.”

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