Athlete of the Year: Sessions takes her game to next level

It’s only fitting that Class AAA Player of the Year Khadijah Sessions will play her college basketball at the University of South Carolina.

After all, two of her greatest memories from her stellar high school career at Myrtle Beach came in state championship games in Columbia.

“Winning that first state championship in overtime was one game I’ll never forget,” said Sessions, who adds Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Year to her long list of credentials.

“It was a wild ending and it was my first state championship, so it will always be special. But really, just making the team as a seventh-grader was a great accomplishment for me.”

Sessions was a rising star on the Grand Strand even before the undersized 13-year-old made the varsity squad and helped the Lady Seahawks to the Class AAA state title game as an eighth-grader.

Sessions dominated the youth leagues at “Pepper” Geddings Recreation Center so much so that she was forced to play with the boys in her final year, and she won the championship that season too.

So after suffering a close 60-55 loss to JL Mann in the 2008 state title game, Sessions led her Lady Seahawk teammates back to Columbia for back-to-back championships as a sophomore and junior.

Sessions tallied a combined 44 points, 12 assists, 12 rebounds and 10 steals in those two state title games. Despite her impressive point production, it was her ability to rebound, steal and pass that made her game.

“Khadijah has a greater knowledge of the game of basketball than anyone in my 17 years of coaching,” said coach Brian Kiper. “She is a self-made player who chose a weakness each offseason and worked on it to make herself a more complete player.”

After losing four fellow starters to graduation, Sessions averaged almost 30 points per game and was named a Parade All-American, but she was unable to carry Myrtle Beach to a state three-peat. Still,  her contributions to the program will never be forgotten.

“Six years of varsity basketball, more than 3,000 points and two state championships,” Kiper said of Sessions’ career. “It’s really the end of an era for Lady Seahawks basketball.”

But it’s the beginning of an era for the Lady Gamecocks, who are coming off their first NCAA Tournament win in a decade. Sessions is already at USC, working hard in hopes of adding some more magical memories in Columbia.

“I’m just trying to take my game to the next level and help the team however I can,” said Sessions. “I’m not nervous. I’m amped about it. I’m just getting in shape to do what I’ve always loved to do.”

Photo by Rancier Photography

Comments

comments

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdown

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdownThe first game of the high school football season may [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titles

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titlesMyrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson isn't normally one for [more]

Week 0 Preview and Picks: Chiefs-Tigers open season

Week 0 Preview and Picks: Chiefs-Tigers open seasonAll summer long Grand Strand residents have put up with [more]

Weatherwax looks to build on CF program's progress

Weatherwax looks to build on CF program's progressJackson Weatherwax grew up playing football at Pepper Geddings Recreation [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encore

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encoreIn his first year as head football coach at North [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing up

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing upEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 4 Tigers try rebuilding

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 4 Tigers try rebuildingEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

CF grad Beale follows in Keane's footsteps to CCU

CF grad Beale follows in Keane's footsteps to CCUMatt Beale always rooted for Tyler Keane. As a middle school [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reload

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reloadEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Steele deals shutout win, Pelicans top Rocks in series

Steele deals shutout win, Pelicans top Rocks in seriesJustin Steele did not allow a hit until the sixth [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 6 St. James on the rise

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 6 St. James on the riseEditor's Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Lady Chants shut out Elon, open regular season Friday

Lady Chants shut out Elon, open regular season FridayMackenzie Gibbs scored in the second half to push Coastal [more]

Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks

Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks Despite a three-hit, two-RBI night from Jared Young , the [more]

Big night for small schools at wild CNB Kickoff Classic

Big night for small schools at wild CNB Kickoff ClassicFriday's CNB Kickoff Classic proved to be a big night [more]

Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks

Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks Behind three home runs in a five-run third inning, the [more]

Busch takes turn to Strand to open school, race fans

Busch takes turn to Strand to open school, race fansNASCAR driver Kyle Busch cut the ribbon for the Palmetto [more]

Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff Classic

Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff ClassicLast year's CNB Kickoff Classic was rained out, spoiling the [more]

Dogs, cornhole, fireworks mark Pelicans' promotions

Dogs, cornhole, fireworks mark Pelicans' promotionsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans have only 10 home games remaining [more]

Lady Chants kick off 2018 with shutout over Citadel

Lady Chants kick off 2018 with shutout over CitadelThe Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team opened the 2018 season [more]

Pelicans losing skid grows to seven in defeat to Dash

Pelicans losing skid grows to seven in defeat to DashThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were handed their season-worst seventh consecutive [more]

Green's departure leaves NMB seeking new coach

Green's departure leaves NMB seeking new coachNorth Myrtle Beach High is looking for its third boys [more]

Coastal favored to defend Sun Belt volleyball crown

Coastal favored to defend Sun Belt volleyball crownThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team – defending Sun Belt champions [more]

Pelicans swept by P-Nats; MB duo wins July awards

Pelicans swept by P-Nats; MB duo wins July awardsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Potomac [more]

CCU hires former Conway coach Jordan as analyst

CCU hires former Conway coach Jordan as analystCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced this week [more]

Masters set records, Miller qualifies for swim worlds

Masters set records, Miller qualifies for swim worldsThe Grand Strand area was well represented at the Pan [more]

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdown

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdownThe first game of the high school football season may [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titles

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titlesMyrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson isn't normally one for [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach