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Hawks finish 4th in Christmas tourney

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By CINDY CROSBY cindyc4@yahoo.com

The Colleton Prep War Hawks hosted a four-team Christmas tournament Thursday Dec. 19-21. The tournament included Calhoun Academy, Thomas Heyward and Andrew Jackson. The War Hawks dropped game one against Andrew Jackson (82-49) and fell to Calhoun Academy (73-42). “The winter tournament was fun to play in,” said Coach Aaron Bishop. “Unfortunately, these games didn’t go our way. We played Andrew Jackson very well in the first half, only being down by 10 points. However, we lost Kyle Hooker in the first half due to an injury and that was hard to rally back from, as he is a staple for us down low. Andrew Jackson took full advantage of that and pressed the whole game. “Saturday’s game against Calhoun was a little different,” said Bishop. “We did not have Kyle, who was recovering from an earlier injury, and we also didn’t have David McMillan, who was on a family vacation. David is a big part of our team on both sides of the ball. So, I pulled up freshman Noah Catterton and eighth-grader Wylan Sheffield to fill in for us. Both young men showed great promise for the future of War Hawk basketball — but even with their effort to fill in for David and Kyle, we fell short in the game. I must give Wylan as much credit as possible, as he jumped straight from JV into a role with a lot of playing time on varsity and didn’t miss a beat. He, along with Noah, played with confidence and gave me everything they had. I am positive it was hard for them to learn a whole new offensive and defensive system in one day.” Colleton Prep (0-9) will return to regular season action Friday Jan. 3 against John Paul II on the road.

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