Jenkins lifts HHH girls to basketball win; boys roll past HHCA

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Jenkins lifts HHH girls to basketball win; boys roll past HHCA

By CHRIS COX
ccox@islandpacket.com
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012   |  790 Words  |  

Americal Jenkins has laid out some pretty simple individual goals for her sophomore season.

"I want to get the Island Packet Player of the Year, the WTOC Player of the Year," the Hilton Head Island High forward said. "I'm just trying my best. I want to get noticed some way, somehow."

If Jenkins keeps up her current pace, she just may run away with those awards and more.

The Seahawks standout collected her third double-double in as many games Monday night, the latest coming in a 30-point outburst, as Hilton Head High cruised past SCISAA rival Hilton Head Christian Academy, 53-31.

"I'm amazed myself," she said of her point total. "I didn't even know, honestly. I try not to mess up on little things and keep on playing hard."

Jenkins' 30 points are believed to be the most since Latrese Bush scored nearly 40 in the early 1990s. Bush, of course, went on to play in a pair of Final Fours with the Georgia Bulldogs.

"One of the signs of a great player is you don't even notice it," coach Dave Greenberg said. "And it doesn't matter what they do, they still get their stuff."

Such has been the case for Jenkins, who collected 27 points and 19 rebounds last week in a season-opening loss to Whale Branch before netting 20 and 10 against Beaufort High on Friday. She added 14 rebounds in the Seahawks' latest win over the Eagles.

"I knew somebody had to step up, and I knew I had to be that person," she said.

The Seahawks (2-1) took advantage of a short-handed Hilton Head Christian squad that played without two of its top players in Bria McCarthy and Ziarre Doe, who are both out with injuries. The Eagles (4-3) kept pace early on thanks to a variety of different zone looks, but eventually fell victim to Hilton Head High's fast-paced attack.

"We did a good job early," Eagles coach Kenny Conroy said. "I think we ran out of steam."

Hilton Head Christian built a 17-14 advantage to start the second period, but watched as the Seahawks ended the half on a 12-0 run of their own, which included a trio of field goals and a pair of free throws from Jenkins.

"Give them credit, they did some good stuff, but we just weren't getting after it I thought," Greenberg said. "The kids just decided to start playing. We decided to get after it with a couple minutes to go in the first half and from that point on we really dominated."

Hilton Head High girls 53, Hilton Head Christian 31

Hilton Head Christian -- Francesca Guidobono 8, Macee Tamminen 6, Monica Bundy 5, Hannah Reynolds 4, Andy Anderson 4

Hilton Head High -- Americal Jenkins 30, Lauryn Bush 13, Macy King 4, Shy Flemming 4, Areli Fernandez 2

Hilton Head High boys 53, Hilton Head Christian 28

Hilton Head High basketball coach Ken Updike has been urging his team to act on the hardwood like they do in the classroom.

"For some reason, you get high school boys in a classroom and they won't shut up," he said. "But when you get them on a basketball court, sometimes they have trouble communicating with each other."

Communication, or lack thereof, has been the problem area early on for the Seahawks. That silence has ultimately led to other troubles, like guarding the post and cutters. Updike, naturally, has been imploring his team to change that.

Hilton Head High received the message. The Seahawks started talking with one another more on the floor Monday night, which ultimately helped them land their first win of the season with a 53-28 defensive battle against Hilton Head Christian.

"I thought as far as working together as a team offensively and defensively, I thought we were much better," Updike said.

Aaron Frazier led all scorers with 14 points for Hilton Head High (1-2), while Michael Julian added 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and three blocks. The senior did so with Toledo quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Scott Isphording looking on from the stands.

"I don't really talk that much, I just kind of do it," Julian said. "A lot of it is just helpside stuff. We should jump to the ball and do it, but we don't. We've just got to talk more."

Hilton Head Christian -- Brad Meccariello 11, Zach Polk 5, Caleb Lewis 4, Ryan Frey 4, J.D. Lehman 2, C.T. Davis 2

Hilton Head High -- Aaron Frazier 14, Michael Julian 10, Jacob Coltrane 8, Matt Pollard 8, James Sanders 6, Troy Clifford 5, Craig Ryan 2