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EC's Cooper earns top SCBCA preseason honor again
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EC's Cooper earns top SCBCA preseason honor again

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East Clarendon's Talaysia Cooper (center) was named to the SCBCA Elite players list again on Monday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association announced their yearly preseason honors and rankings on Monday and the Pee Dee was well-represented in each.

Including one very familiar name at the top of the list of honorees.

East Clarendon’s Talaysia Cooper was named to the elite list as one of the top players in the state regardless of classification for the second year in a row.

Cooper, who recently signed with the University of South Carolina, was the S.C. Gatorade Player of the Year last season. She averaged 23.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 4.6 blocks and 2.2 steals while helping lead ECHS to a 10-1 record and a playoff berth.

The Wolverines are ranked third heading into this year’s season.

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Hartsville’s Tristan LeXander was named a top senior in 4A on the boys’ side while Darlington’s Sommer Joseph and South Florence’s Albany Wilson earned selections on the girls’ side.

The Red Foxes were voted to the No. 5 spot in the 4A top 10 poll just behind West Florence who was voted fourth.

In 3A, Dillon’s Demarco Bethea was selected as a top boys’ senior with the Wildcats taking the No. 4 spot in the preseason poll. Lake City was voted 9th.

In 2A, the Latta and Marion girls were voted eighth and ninth, respectively, while seven different Pee Dee teams earned spots in the 1A poll.

On the boys’ side, Hannah-Pamplico (5th), Carvers Bay (6th) and C.E. Murray (9th) made the list while Lake View (5th), McBee (8th) and Lamar (9th) joined ECHS on the girls’ side.

Johnsonville’s Jace Avant was chosen as one of the top 1A boys’ seniors along with Hannah-Pamplico’s Cyrus Ellison. McBee’s Jaylin Peterson and Lake View’s Ja’Niya Waters were selected on the girls’ side.


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