Lady Sharks look to reload after record-setting season

After last year’s record-setting season, the St. James girls basketball team gets to go back to the drawing board in 2012-13.

The Lady Sharks set several school records last season, including their first region title and best region and overall records at 9-1 and 21-5. Unfortunately, St. James lost last year’s starting five to graduation.

Gone are the seniors who led the Lady Sharks to new heights, but back is a new crew that waited in the shadows last season. They understand the bar has been raised at St. James and they hope to develop and reach that standard.

“We have a very inexperienced team,” said St. James coach Stan Patterson, whose Lady Sharks advanced to the second round of the Class 3A playoff last year. “Our season is going to depend on how fast we grow up as a team.”

St. James senior Eldreonna Hannah, juniors Hannah Price and Nicole Meyers, and freshmen Kimmie Hotzelt and Kelsi Bachmann are the Lady Sharks’ top newcomers, and they have already started to show promise.

Hannah scored a career-high 22 points in a victory over Carolina Forest in last week’s Lady Braves Sand & Hoops Invitational preseason tournament. Price scored 15 points in a loss to Mullins and Hotzelt tallied 12 in a win over Socastee.

St. James opens the regular season on Tuesday at home against Conway.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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