Athlete of Winter Season: Tigers’ Hennigan tops list

conhoops-4jConway High basketball standout Jalen Hennigan’s senior season didn’t end the way he had hoped, but the Tigers’ shooting guard did receive a nice consolation prize.

Hennigan was the overwhelming choice for the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Winter Sports Season, receiving 8,701 votes. His play helped Conway to a banner year before being knocked off in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Hennigan led the Tigers to a 10-0 start to the season, their best start in school history, and a top-10 state ranking before they started to fade down the stretch. Still Conway went 15-9 and Hennigan averaged nearly 16 points per game.

The St. James boys were the Cinderella story of the year, and the player who helped spark the Sharks’ Class 3A playoff run finished second in the voting. Zach Werba hit nine 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of the Sharks’ final two playoff games.

Socastee girls basketball standout Shayla Baldwin finished third in the voting. She was having a stellar season before suffering a season-ending injury that proved costly to the Lady Braves’ playoff chances.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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