Most people who follow local basketball knew Greenbrier High School could be a team to keep an eye on this season. So far, the Wolfpack have done nothing to dispel that notion.
Through five games, Greenbrier stands at 4-1. Its only loss was to Mill Creek, a very good AAAAA school. The 'Pack posted a 51-48 win against Class AAAAA Brookwood and notched a solid 67-61 victory over Hephzibah.
As expected, Dejon Britton, Justin Cofer and Chad Waddell have led the way.
Britton is a stat-stuffing forward who averaged more than 15 points and nine rebounds per game last season. Cofer is the team's field general and one of the area's finest point guards.
However, in the early going, it has been Waddell who has really stepped up for Casey Heckathorn's squad. The senior shooting guard was among the area's leaders in 3-point field goals made and 3-point percentage last season and is playing at an extremely high level thus far.
Waddell is averaging 16.4 points per game and had a season-high 23 points in the team's impressive win over Brookwood. He has scored 15 points or more in four of the team's five contests. If he continues to play well, the 'Pack will be serious contenders for a region title.
More shooting stars
Denzel Garret nailed seven 3-pointers in Grovetown's 52-50 loss to Evans this weekend. Garrett finished with 24 points.
Justin Jahn nailed four 3-pointers and tallied 16 points in a 50-48 Panther win over Westside.
Evans' Trevor Foreman scored 24 points and Marcus Galvin netted 22 against North Augusta. The Knights lost to the Yellow Jackets 98-76.
Carolyn Hennecken and Tishal Turknett each nailed four 3-pointers and scored 20 points as Lakeside beat Harlem 59-26 last weekend.
Turknett had 21 points and three 3-pointers in a 47-42 loss to Westside. Hennecken did not play in that game.
Grovetown star Ebony Wells notched 28 points in the Lady Warriors' 65-27 win over the Knights. The 6-foot-3 center even managed to nail a 3-pointer.
Grovetown opened the season in exciting fashion, winning a 58-57 thriller over Lakeside. The story of the game was the play of Grovetown's 6-foot-5 senior center Mike Chandler.
Chandler opened the season with a triple-double, a rarity in high school hoops.
It wasn't your normal triple-double: Chandler had 15 points, 16 rebounds, and an amazing 12 blocked shots.
Grovetown will miss 6-foot-8 big man Tony Threat (now at Augusta State University), but Chandler's play certainly will help soften the blow of Threat's graduation.
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