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HS Basketball Postseason Review Part 2

Gaffney

Under first year head coach Charles Blue, the Gaffney Indians took a major step forward into competitiveness in Region 2-5A. One season removed from a 5-18 mark and 0-8 region record in 2022-23, the Indians saw a 10 win improvement and playoff appearance come their way this season. Behind standout freshman Rickey Littlejohn and sharpshooter Markell Hollis, the Indians bring back lots of production and will hope to build more after a first round playoff exit and 15-win year.

Chapman
The Chapman Panthers featured a young team that struggled to find consistency throughout the year. After winning three of four including the first region game of the year, the Panthers won just one game in the final eight including a first round playoff loss to Daniel. The Panthers will lose senior guard Shawn Cunningham, but return freshman guard Grayden Humphries and Colt McAllister to a young roster.

Woodruff
One of the most improved teams in the entire county, the Woodruff Wolverines finished second in Region 4-3A. The team won seven of its last nine games, but had an early exit in the playoffs after a first round loss to Fountain Inn. Woodruff went 6-2 in region play and was a finalist at the Battle at the Border. Woodruff will lose three of its leading scorers in Happy Lea, Nick McConnell and Kory Scott, but are otherwise young enough to continue to contend going forward.

Greer
The Greer Yellow Jackets put together a great season under coach Devin Liferidge, reaching the 4A Upper State championship. Greer battled with Riverside in its biggest games all season long. The two regular season matchups were close, with the second being for the region title at Greer, and the third coming in what ended up being the Yellow Jacket’s last game of the season. Amare Anderson, Zayn Valentine, and Mikey Williams led the way to a 21-5 overall record with a few of those losses coming to two of the best teams in the entire state in Riverside and Byrnes.

Union

Union County struggled throughout 2023-24, finishing with a 10-15 overall record but still qualifying for the 3A playoffs at a 4-4 record in Region 4. The Yellow Jackets were able to finish the season with three wins out of five before a first round playoff exit against Powdersville. Keishawn Gibson notched his second all-state honor, and was joined on the all-region team by teammate Eric Gray.

Spartanburg
The Spartanburg Vikings rolled out a younger team under first year coach Zac Rich. Spartanburg finished fourth in Region 2-5A, clinching a playoff spot but losing in the first round on the road to Nation Ford. The Vikings finished the season losing eight of its last ten games, showing its struggles in a very difficult region. Johnson Abrams and Brailun Thomas were both named to the All-Region team after the season.

 

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