USC adds Florida point guard to class
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina signed point guard Brenton Williams for next year's class.
Coach Darrin Horn announced the addition on Wednesday. He had said bringing in a point guard was essential after last year's leading scorer, former Berkeley High School star Bruce Ellington, decided he wanted to play football next fall before rejoining the basketball team.
Williams is a 5-11 guard from Kissimmee, Fla. He averaged nearly 12 points and two assists a game at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. Williams will have three seasons at USC.
Ellington expects to return to basketball sometime after USC's final regular season game. He could stay longer if the Gamecocks play in the postseason. Horn has lost several players since USC ended a 14-16 season.
Charleston Southern's Olga Makhova earned all-league honors in singles and the Bucs' Marija Dzakovic made all-academic on the Big South women's all-conference team.
Charleston Southern's David Denlinger finished fifth with a 215 total as the Bucs ended in a sixth-place tie with an 898 total in the Big South men's championship in Ninety Six. Liberty (856) won the team title. Denlinger's showing earned him all-conference honors.
--Pine Forest posted a 555 to win the CALGA Two-Day Classic that wrapped up Tuesday at Santee Cooper after first-day play at Charleston Municipal. Shadowmoss won a card playoff over Coosaw Creek for second.
Results (with top teams' best score): 1. Pine Forest 555 (Barbara Karns 58-70); 2. Shadowmoss 577 (Adrienne Granger 69-70); 3. Coosaw Creek 577 (Peggy Brinson 63-72); 4. Charleston Municipal 581; 5. Miler 595; 6. Snee Farm 597; 7. Wescott 600; 8. Rivertowne 602; 9. Berkeley 606; 10. Crowfield 609; 11. Santee Cooper DQ; 12. Links at Stono Ferry.
Charleston Southern (21-28) posted a 5-2 win over the College of Charleston (29-17) before the Cougars won, 5-3, in Game 2 of a doubleheader at CSU. CSU's Morgan Dowdy yielded two runs in four innings for the win in Game 1.
The Cougars' Stephanie Saylors pitched 6 1/3 innings of Game 2 for the win.