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Saints still undefeated after 80-25 victory over Holly Hill

Lady Saints fall 42-38

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 1/13/19

SUMMERTON -- The Holly Hill Academy Raiders would probably rather take their chances opening the infamous lost Ark of the Covenant than play at Clarendon Hall again.

The Saints marched all over …

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Saints still undefeated after 80-25 victory over Holly Hill

Lady Saints fall 42-38

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SUMMERTON -- The Holly Hill Academy Raiders would probably rather take their chances opening the infamous lost Ark of the Covenant than play at Clarendon Hall again.

The Saints marched all over the Raiders in what ended up being an absolute blowout, winning 80-25 on Friday at the CH gymnasium to remain undefeated.

“We have a talented group,” Clarendon Hall head coach Anthony Reitenour said. “We put pressure on them early, took our foot off the gas in the second quarter and got our bench involved. We had quite a bit of steals. Tonight, we were the better team; we have more experience.”

Clarendon Hall improved to 16-0 on the season and 7-0 in SCISA Region II-2A/1A.

The Saints took a sizeable lead early, outscoring the Raiders 25-12 in the first quarter.

Clarendon Hall would take a commanding 52-18 lead at halftime, outscoring Holly Hill 27-6 in the second quarter.

The Saints started off the third quarter on an 11-0 run to go up 63-18 with 5:09 to go in the quarter, and would lead 68-21 to start the fourth.

A running clock was used throughout the fourth quarter, and the Saints would outscore the Raiders 12-4 in the final frame to win by a final score of 80-25.

“(Junior guard) Zyan Gilmore was awesome,” Reitenour said. “(Junior shooting guard) Tra(veon) Davis had a big game and (junior guard/forward) Tyrese Mitchum did great.”

Gilmore led the team in scoring with 20, Davis had 15 and Mitchum had 10.

“Our first five did great, and our bench did great,” Reitenour said. “It was a team effort. It’s hard to pinpoint who stood out.”

Even though his team won by 55 points, Reitenour thinks his team can still get better.

“We missed a lot of dumb shots,” he said. “(And) we need to rebound better.”

Perrin Breland led Holly Hill in scoring with seven and Zach Pelloni added five.

“Holly Hill will come back around again (to our level) in a year or two,” Reitenour said.

The win improved Clarendon Hall’s unblemished overall record to 15-0 and improved its SCISA 2A/1A Region II record to 6-0.

The Lady Saints wouldn’t fare as well as the boys team, falling 42-38 to the Lady Raiders in a heartbreaker.

“I liked the hustle, but we have to put the ball in the basket to win,” Lady Saints head coach Danny Hall said. “Shots were missed when we had opportunities.”

Eighth-grader Amberly Way led Clarendon Hall with 12 points, junior McKenzie Bagnal had 10 and junior Whitney Avins added eight.

“It’s my first year (at Clarendon Hall), so they’re learning a new system,” Hall said. “I’m getting used to them and they’re getting used to me. The girls are giving everything they got; it’s gonna take some time.”

Brooke Fennessy scored 21 for Holly Hill, and Hannah Swank added 12.

“We’re young,” Hall said. “We have one senior, a couple juniors and ninth- and 10th-graders. We’re trying to get better with each game. We haven’t won but one game in the last couple years. We’ve got to put a little more effort in at practice time.”

The loss dropped the Lady Saints to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in region play.