The Bishop England girls basketball team is proving there is life after Mallory Molony.
Molony was a first-team All-Lowcountry selection three times and led the Bishops to an 83-21 record over the last four seasons. She finished her career with more than 2,000 points and nearly one thousand rebounds. Molony graduated last spring, but the team has remained steady with a 14-4 record, including 7-1 in Region 6-AA heading into tonight's showdown against North Charleston.
"It's different without Mallory," said coach Paul Runey, who recently gained his 500th career victory. "We don't have the consistent outside scoring threat every game. We could always count on Mallory's points. This year, it's a different person who steps up on a different night."
Runey told his players that this is "championship week." The Bishops picked up a 62-60 region victory over Woodland on Tuesday when Elizabeth Works scored on an offensive rebound with four seconds left in the game. The Bishops led by six points at halftime and were able to withstand a 34-point performance by Shakiema Ravenell, who just missed a half-court shot at the buzzer that would have given the Wolverines the victory.
"That was a big game, a big win," Runey said. "That gives us some momentum heading into the North Charleston game."
North Charleston is 7-0 in league play and already owns a 57-46 victory over the Bishops on Jan. 4.
The Bishops' Michele Boykin stepped up her game against Woodland with 22 points. She is one of two freshmen Runey counts on. The other is Mary Harriet Moore. Both players are good athletes. Boykin was a first-team All-Lowcountry selection in cross country, while Moore played on the volleyball team that won the Class AA state championship.
Boykin leads the team with 10.6 points and 3.6 steals per game, while Works is averaging 10.5 points. Amber Corbett has been solid with 8.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while Katelyn Grisillo provides defense and leads the team with 5.2 assists per game.
"You know, I knew we would miss Mallory," Runey said. "But even when we had Mallory, we had three or four kids who could step it up. When opponents played a box-and-one, we had people step up."