Lady Gators State Champs!
The Estill High School’s Lady Gators varsity basketball team won the State Championship last Saturday, in Columbia.
The Estill Lady Gators made their community, school and loved ones proud by winning the Class A South Carolina High School League State Championship to finish a storybook varsity basketball season last Friday, in Columbia.
It was a close game against number-one-seeded Green Sea-Floyds High School on March 3 at the Colonial Life Arena, on the campus of U.S.C. Columbia. Although playing in front of a packed house in a large college arena, the Gators began the matchup in a commanding fashion. Although the Estill ladies led early on, towards the end of the game Green Sea-Floyds made a 10-point unanswered run. Although their opponent made a gut-wrenching run at the end, the Lady Gators fended off the barrage and came away with a 49-46 win.
Hampton School District 2 is extremely proud of the achievements of their student athletes and released a statement to The Guardian this week.
“Hampton County School District 2 is elated about the Varsity Girls’ victorious win during the state championship game this past Friday. It is, without a doubt, another great athletic moment in our school district. You felt the energy from both the team and the Estill community during the game while the girls clinched the win against Green Sea-Floyds. The Board of Trustees and I express heartfelt thanks to our Athletic Director, Clifford Hopkins, Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Marcus Livingston, and most importantly, the state championship winners, the Estill High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team,” Superintendent Martin Wright stated.
“I am elated about what the girls were able to accomplish this season,” said EHS Principal Kamar Lee. “My hats off to the ladies for a terrific season.”
He went on to say that the victory was a “huge burden” lifted from the district’s athletics program and that the victory was not only meaningful to the school and Hampton School District 2, but the Estill community as a whole. The principal went on to say the he has high hopes the excitement of the ladies’ State Championship win will carry over to other sports, but especially invigorate the district’s ever improving educational offerings.
“This is truly a great day in the Town of Estill and surrounding municipalities. On behalf of the Administration of the Town of Estill, I would like to congratulate the Estill Fighting Lady Gators and their coaches for winning the State Championship in basketball. This is truly an honor to have the State Champions a part of our community,” said Estill Mayor Anderson Taylor.
“We would like to thank parents for allowing their young ladies to participate in the high school athletic programs. I would also like to commend the fans who stuck by and supported the team during the regular season, in Greenville as well as Columbia. It was such a good feeling to look around the Colonial Life Arena and see an ocean of gold shirts cheering the Lady Fighting Gators to victory, “ said the mayor. “This championship has brought a lot of prestige to our school system, as well as our town…The town administration and citizens are extremely proud of our Lady Gators and sincerely hope this is one of many more to come!”
Both Estill’s Roche Brown and Jonica Jackson had stellar nights. Jackson came away with 11 points and 14 rebounds and Brown walked off the court with a much-needed 14 points and 11 rebounds. As well as Brown and Jackson’s stellar night, the entire team is deserving of acknowledgement for an outstanding season.
The 2016-17 EHS Lady Gators Varsity team includes: Roche Brown, Destiny Beckett, Hannah Johnson, Tykeria Jackson, Jonica Jackson, Nakila Daniels, Makenzy Williams, Maria Brantley, Destiny Wallace and Charolette Johnson.
Community Celebration for Lady Gators
A Community Day celebration for the Estill High School Lady Gators Basketball team will take place Saturday, March 18, in downtown Estill.
A parade will take place at 11 a.m. in celebration of the ladies’ accomplishment of winning the South Carolina High School League State Championship. Following the parade, a Community Awareness forum will occur at the Estill Nature Trail, located at 360 Lilly Ave. South.
A community cookout will be held immediately following the Community Awareness forum at the nature trail. If you would like to contribute food items to be enjoyed during the community cookout, please contact Ms. Woods at the Estill Town Hall at 803-525-3243.
If you have any questions, contact Pastor G. Lydell Mungin at 803-942-7203, who would also like to thank all those for their support.
Photographs provided by Michael Young of the Barnwell People-Sentinel.