12 Lowcountry basketball players earn all-state honors

West Ashley’s Haliyah Sumter is one of four Lowcountry girls from Class AAAA basketball teams to earn all-state honors. (Roger Lee/The Journal Scene)

Led by four girls on Class AAAA teams, the Lowcountry has 12 players named all-state by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

West Ashley sophomore guard Haliyah Sumter, Summerville senior forward Jordan Sprueill, Ashley Ridge sophomore guard Shamaria Myers and Goose Creek junior guard Mariah Linney are the four girls from Class AAAA named to the team.

James Island junior guard Vince Cole was the only Lowcountry player named to the Class boys squad. Bishop England junior guard Brendan McHale was the lone Class AA boys selection. Burke junior guard Sydney Robinson was named to the Class A boys team.

Bishop England senior guard JoJo Tompkins and teammate Rhetta Moore, a junior, were selected to the Class AA girls’ team, along with Timberland guard Samiya Scott.

Selected to the Class A girls team are Cross senior Jayla Ravenell and Burke junior Karimah Jenkins. Myers, Ravenell and Sumter are the top three scoring leaders in the Lowcountry this season, with Myers averaging 20.1 points per game.

The Porter-Gaud and Pinewood Prep boys’ basketball teams and Northwood Academy and Pinewood Prep girls’ teams received first-round byes in the SCISA Class AAA state playoff tournament.

Playoffs in all three SCISA classifications begin Friday afternoon at various sites around the state. Locally, Porter-Gaud and Pinewood Prep will be the sites for first-round games, and several local teams will be playing opening round games at Heathwood Hall in Columbia.

In the boys tournament, Porter-Gaud (22-3) is the No. 1 seed in the Class AAA lower bracket, and Pinewood Prep is the No. 2 seed in the upper bracket, which includes defending state champion Hammond School. Pinewood Prep will play the winner of Saturday’s game between Northwood Academy and Thomas Sumter on Wednesday.

In the girls tournament, defending state AAA champion Northwood (25-3) and area rival Pinewood Prep are the top two seeds in the lower bracket of the girls AAA playoffs. They could meet in the state semifinals if both advance past the second round. Northwood beat Pinewood Prep twice during the regular season and the Chargers have won their last six games going into the playoffs by an average of 47 points.

The Charleston Collegiate boys are a No. 1 seed in the class A bracket. The Sun Devils have three players averaging in double figures, led by the top scorer in the Lowcountry Kegan Boone, who averages 22.9 points per game.

State championships in all classifications are Feb. 27 at the Sumter Civic Center.


Class A Girls

Cathedral vs Patrick Henry (at Porter-Gaud) 5:30 p.m.

Charleston Collegiate vs. Laurens Academy (at Heathwood Hall) 5 p.m.

St. John’s Christian vs. Newberry Academy (at Heathwood Hall) 6:30 p.m.

Class AA Girls

Palmetto Christian vs. Thomas Heyward (at Porter-Gaud B) 7 p.m.

Class AAA Girls

Porter-Gaud vs Heathwood Hall (at Porter-Gaud A) 6 p.m.

First Baptist vs. Laurence Manning (at Porter-Gaud A) 7:30 p.m.


Class A Boys

Cathedral vs Lowcountry Prep (at Pinewood Prep) 2:30 p.m.

Charleston Collegiate vs. Richard Winn (at Pinewood Prep) 4 p.m.

Faith Christian vs Anderson Christian (at Heathwood Hall) 4:30 p.m.

Class AAA Boys

First Baptist vs. Cardinal Newman (at Heathwood Hall) 4:30 p.m.

Northwood vs Thomas Sumter (at Pinewood Prep) 5:30 p.m.


Class A Girls

Hemingway at Burke

Cross at Timmonsville

Class AAA Girls

Stall at Myrtle Beach


Class AAAA Girls

Conway at Goose Creek

Lexington at Ashley Ridge

Class AA Girls

Waccamaw at Bish England

Class A boys

CE Murray at Charleston Math and Science

Burke at Hannah-Pamplico


Class AAAA Boys

Carolina Forest at James Island

Summerville at Irmo

West Ashley at Sumter

Class AA Boys

Bishop England at Dillon

Timberland at Battery Creek