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East Clarendon's Cooper named to SCBCA Elite Girls list

By J. SCOTT SEWELL
jscott@theitem.com
Posted 11/12/19
East Clarendon High School's Talaysia Cooper is one of eight girls named to the Preseason Elite Girls list by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. Seven local schools and four other local student-athletes were recognized by the …

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East Clarendon's Cooper named to SCBCA Elite Girls list

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East Clarendon High School's Talaysia Cooper is one of eight girls named to the Preseason Elite Girls list by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Seven local schools and four other local student-athletes were recognized by the SCBCA in the release of its annual preseason polls and awards on Tuesday.

Cooper, a sophomore, who will be in her fourth year on the EC varsity team, averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals per game as a freshman. She helped lead the Lady Wolverines to the 1A state title in 2018.

East Clarendon's girls team is ranked No. 3 in the 2A poll while Lee Central came in at No. 4. The Lady Stallions are led by Kendra LeSane, who was named to the 2A Girls Top Five Seniors list. LeSane averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season.

Both East Clarendon and Lee Central lost in the semifinals of the 2A playoffs last season.

The Sumter girls enter the season ranked No. 3 in the 5A poll. The Lady Gamecocks finished 24-4 last season before losing to Spring Valley in the semifinals of the 5A playoffs.

Manning's girls team is ranked No. 2 in the 3A poll. The Lady Monarchs are led by Measha Jones, who was named to the 3A Top 5 Seniors list. Jones averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, two assists and two blocked shots per game last season. Manning finished 22-6 last season before falling to Dillon by a score of 30-29 in the second round of the playoffs.

Defending 1A girls state champions Scott's Branch is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. The Lady Eagles finished 24-3, cruising to a 63-49 victory over High Point Academy in the state title game.

Scott's Branch is led by Jazzlyn Bowman, who was named to the 1A Top 5 Seniors list. Bowman averaged 8.5 points, six rebounds and three steals per game last season.

On the boys side, Manning was the only local team to be named to a preseason Top 10 poll. The Monarchs will enter the season ranked No. 4 in 3A after finishing 23-4 last season. Manning lost to Ridgeland-Hardeeville 56-51 in the semifinals of the 3A boys basketball playoffs.

Lakewood's Quentin Hodge was named to the 4A Boys Top 5 Seniors list. Hodge averaged 13 points and five rebounds for the Gators last season.

SCBCA PRESEASON TOP 10 AND TOP PLAYERS

Elite Boys

PJ Hall, Dorman

Myles Tate, Dorman

Bryce McGowens, Wren

John Butler, Christ Church

Patrick Iriel, A.C. Flora

Ja’Von Benson, Ridge View

Julian Phillips, Blythewood

Elite Girls

Taniah Wilkins, High Point Academy

Talaysia Cooper, East Clarendon

Milaysia Fulwiley, Keenan

Nyah Leveretter, Westwood

Loyal McQueen, Wilson

D’Mya Tucker, Orangeburg-Wilkinson

Aylesha Wade, Clover

Maleia Bracone, T.L. Hanna

5A Top 10 Boys

1. Dorman

2. Mauldin

3. Blythewood

4. Wade Hampton (G)

5. Irmo

6. South Florence

7. Dutch Fork

8. James Island

9. Ashley Ridge

10. Northwestern

5A Boys Top 5 Seniors

Justice Jackson, South Florence

Nick Brenegan, Wade Hampton

Mason Grigg, Northwestern

Justin Amadi, Dorman

Jamel McGowan, Goose Creek

5A Top 10 Girls

1. Byrnes

2. Dorman

3. Sumter

4. Woodmont

5. Goose Creek

6. James Island

7. Summerville

8. Clover

9. Dutch Fork

10. Carolina Forest/Wando

5A Girls Top 5 Seniors

Alexis Rice, Dorman

Kelci Adams, Nation Ford

Jada Burton, Byrnes

Aniyah Oliver, Goose Creek

Augusta Dixon, James Island

4A Boys Top 10

1. Ridge View

2. Wren

3. Greenville

4. Travelers Rest

5. North Augusta

6. Lower Richland

7. Myrtle Beach

8. Marlboro County

9. Lancaster

10. Orangeburg-Wilkinson

4A Boys Top 5 Seniors

Case Roach, Travelers Rest

Derrick Fields, Travelers Rest

Emorie Knox, Myrtle Beach

Cincere Scott, Ridge View

Quentin Hodge, Lakewood

4A Girls Top 10

1. North Augusta

2. South Pointe

3. Westwood

4. Wilson

5. North Myrtle Beach

6. Orangeburg-Wilkinson

7. Lower Richland

8. Ridge View

9. Airport

10. Darlington

4A Girls Top 5 Seniors

JamAni Ingram, North Augusta

Tyliah Burns, North Augusta

Ja’La Wade, Westwood

Jamia Blake, South Pointe

Jordan Burger, North Myrtle Beach

3A Boys Top 10

1. Keenan

2. Marion

3. Chester

4. Manning

5. Wade Hampton (H)

6. Union County

7. Seneca

8. Georgetown

9. Edisto

10. Chapman

3A Boys Top 5 Seniors

Raekwon Horton, Keenan

Destin Clark, Indian Land

Harry Cash, May River

Draylan Burton, Powdersville

William Hemingway, Loris

3A Girls Top 10

1. Keenan

2. Manning

3. Bishop England

4. Dillon

5. Marion

6. Southside

7. Seneca

8. Emerald

9. Woodruff

10. Swansea

3A Top 5 Seniors

Kaliah Kendrick, Seneca

Jykya Bell, Dillon

Zavia Jeter, Woodruff

Measha Jones, Manning

Lauren Livington, Emerald

2A Boys Top 10

1. Gray Collegiate

2. Andrew Jackson

3. Mullins

4. Oceanside Collegiate

5. Christ Church

6. Saluda

7. Woodland

8. Abbeville

9. North Charleston

10. Lee Central

2A Boys Top 5 Seniors

Darjawuan Brown, North Charleston

Dallan Wright, Saluda

Demetric Hardin, Lewisville

CJ Gilchrist, Mullins

Tauris Watson, Gray Collegiate

2A Girls Top 10

1. Christ Church

2. Mullins

3. East Clarendon

4. Lee Central

5. Saluda

6. Woodland

7. Buford

8. Gray Collegiate

9. Andrew Jackson

10. Barnwell

2A Girls Top 5 Seniors

Marissa Powe, Christ Church

Paige Davis, Buford

Kendra LeSane, Lee Central

India Porter, Columbia

Kelsey Brown, Brashier Middle College

1A Boys Top 10

1. Great Falls

2. High Point

3. North

4. McCormick

5. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler

6. Denmark-Olar

7. Charleston Math & Science

8. Hemingway

9. Lake View

10. Military Magnet

1A Boys Top 5 Seniors

Isayah Owens, High Point Academy

Kelton Talford, Great Falls

Jayden Byrd, High Point Academy

Wendell Seabrook, Charleston Math & Science

Aaron Parker, Hemingway

1A Girls Top 10

1. Scott’s Branch

2. High Point Academy

3. Estill

4. Timmonsville

5. Military Magnet

6. McCormick

7. Blackville-Hilda

8. Lamar

9. Wagner-Salley

10. Cross

1A Girls Top 5 Seniors

Jazzlyn Bowman, Scott’s Branch

Jordan Brown, McCormick

Makyla Commander, Timmonsville

Jada Small, Blackville-Hilda

Lauryn Wilson, Cross