Upper State Championships Recap

SCPrepNation.com was live from Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum as the Upper State basketball championships were played. Come inside to get the latest and results as guys like Calhoun County's Alshoun Jeffery (pictured) have already punched their ticket to Columbia next week.

A Upper State Girls Championship
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler defeated Christ Church 62-47. HKT's Shalika Smalls had a remarkable performance getting inside at will and ending the day with 38 points. Melinda Brimfield added 19 points for the Lady Trojans from HKT.

For Christ Church Erin Carter had 19 points on the day. Just a sophomore she shows a lot of promise. Unofficially we had her down for at least 12 rebounds as well. Katie Thomason scored 12 and Katherine Latham chipped in with 10 points in the Lady Cavaliers effort.

A Upper State Boys Championship
Calhoun County came in and got to work early in this one as they won handily 84-47 over Dixie High. DeAndre Guinyard lead the way with 22 points while Alshoun Jeffery added 12 points and underrated PG David Glover had 13 for the Saints. Calhoun County's trapping/pressure defense was a thing of beauty as Dixie couldn't handle the pressure which caused turnovers a ton of turnovers by Dixie leading to some easy buckets for the Saints.

Dixie was lead by Yavario Smith who scored 23 points in the losing effort.

AA Girls Upper State Championship
Keenan used a similar style of trapping/pressure defense to stymie Broome and AA Player of The Year Seneca Turner. Turner in fact left the game with what appeared to be a pretty serious knee or ankle injury in the 3rd quarter. Keenan won 53-34.

Keenan was lead by Santera Grooms with 18 points. Olivia Irick had 14 and Brittani Goodwin had 10 for the Lady Raiders in their win.

Freshman Tamyra Bell lead Broome with 14 points while Jazzmin Tate contributed with 11 points and a number of rebounds. Bell will be a player that SCPrepNation.com will keep a close eye on during the AAU season and throughout the rest of her career.

AA Boys Upper State Championship
Southside wins handily 75-40 over Keenan.

Southside's Robbie Dreher put on a show today filling it up for 29. He went a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line and scored from everywhere showing his ability to not only shoot it well from outside but driving to the bucket and scoring as well.

Marlin Butler added 11 points off the bench for the Tigers. Quinton Thomas and K.C.Chambers scored 7 each while PG Chris Rhodes had a great game directing the show for the Tigers with a some really nice assists to go along with his 6 points.

Keenan was lead by Ryan Norris who had 12 and Marvin Poole added 9. Jordan Blyther also added 8 points for the Raiders who's record ends this year at 25-4.

AAA Girls Upper State Championship
J.L. Mann wins 61-49. This one appeared to be over early but Blythewood made a nice run in the second half to close the gap. The Lady Patriots are heading to Columbia in hopes of capturing a 3rd consecutive AAA state championship.

J.L. Mann was lead by Ashley Holliday with 12 points. She hit 3 three-pointers and played a solid game. Kesha Drummond, a sophomore, also played a nice game as well chipping in 11 points. Sophomore Camille Glymph had an off night shooting from the floor but still managed to score 10 points. Laren Sorrells and Tylia Henley both had 8 points for the Patriots.

Blythewood's Ashleigh Edwards scored a game-high 17 points. Michelle Goodman added 13 points for Blythewood in the loss.

AAA Boys Upper State Championship
Greenville wins 67-53 FINAL.

Mike Davis, a 2009 standout DE prospect, is having a big first period for the Red Raiders. Davis has a nice blend of strength/speed and is a matchup problem for the Cyclones early on. He is active defensively too anticipating very well and getting into the passing lane.

Greenville's Scott Dameron has played very well in the early going too. He's hustled and made a nice contribution with some great buckets when Chester was attempting to make a run. Dameron continues his hot shooting in the 2nd half with an early 3-pointer.

Greenville Eddie Copeland (2009) has great timing blocking shots inside. We have him unofficially with at least 5 blocked shots tonight. Chester's Donald Sims is equally as good blocking shots for the Cyclones and has just as many if not more.


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