Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Hanahan’s basketball teams prevailed in a pair of tight Region 8-AAA contests on Monday, sweeping county rival Berkeley at HHS. The Lady Hawks got a free throw from McKenzie Yon with 5.7 seconds left to win 53-52 and the Hanahan boys bounced back from their only region loss to knock off the Stags 46-39. “This team is still searching for an identity,” Lady Hawks coach Tom Slawson said. “We really don’t have one. We seem to play to our competition.” Yon had a game-high 18 points for Hanahan’s girls (8-11, 3-3 region), while Manny Victor and Alexis Harper tacked on nine and eight respectively. Berkeley tied the game at 52-52 on Jonnay Anthony’s shot from the lane with 8.7 seconds left but inexplicably fouled Yon in the backcourt. Yon made the first free throw and missed the second but the Lady Stags couldn’t get it past halfcourt to get off a shot before time ran out. Just over a week ago, the Lady Hawks beat James Island on a last-second shot. “They’re resilient,” Slawson said of his team. “They always do something in the last four or five minutes to pull out a victory. That’s the main thing.” In the boys game, Rodney Keener scored 16 points and Keiontae Dubose added eight as the Hawks bounced back from Friday’s last-second loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson. “We came out with a lot of intensity but we weren’t very efficient offensively,” HHS coach Pieter Smits said. “That was kind of the same thing with Orangeburg-Wilkinson… with the three days off because of the ice storm and the weekend, we haven’t had a real practice in about a week… Fortunately, Berkeley didn’t shoot the ball well.” Hanahan also got seven points from Wes Kennedy and six each from Marquis Mack and Justin Pruitt. With the win, the Hawks (10-9, 5-1 region) kept pace with fellow region frontrunners James Island and Orangeburg-Wilkinson. The Hawks travel to Hilton Head on Wednesday and host Stall on Friday. “We’ve got to man up to the pressure and continue to play hard,” Smits said.