By Todd Garrett, Sports Writer

The Keenan basketball program is getting ready for its upcoming season. The boys’ basketball team took a tough loss in the championship game against Burke High School. The girls lost in the third round to Christ Church Episcopal School at home.

“I feel good about the upcoming season and that they put a lot of work in during the off season,” Coach Reggie McClain said.

The girls have a lot of returning players, so he feels good about the team’s depth, and one player he thinks should have a break-out year is Sophomore Courtney Jones. The two teams he thinks will give them a tough task in the region is Saluda and Eau Claire high schools.

The girls will have a tough schedule this season. The boys will have a tough task this season as well.

“I am kind of nervous for this season because they are a young team,” Coach Zachery Norris said.

The Raiders have a lot of players returning as well, but they all are sophomores and juniors.

“The team has a lot of talent but they need to buy into the system if they want to make a run for the championship again,” Norris said.

The teams Norris is worried about are Gray Collegiate Academy, teams in non-region games and teams that play physically.

Other tough teams or games they will play are in the Bojangles Bash, Chick-Fil-A Classic, Ridge View and Lower Richland high schools. The girls are preparing by being in the weight room and running miles during the summer.

“I am surprised with the way Anastacia [Hammond] improved,” Senior Logan Taylor-McDaniel said.

Taylor-McDaniel and other teammates said Hammond has improved a lot from last season and they are hoping she has a big season. Taylor-McDaniel’s main goal this season is to win state.

The boys team has seen some improvements from players, too.

“The teammate that I am is surprised with is Terrain Tyler,” Senior Ervin Stone said.

He and the team are surprised with the way Tyler is playing because he sat out a year to get his mind right.

“The only team that will give us a problem this year is Gray.”

Gray also has a lot of players returning to their team after their loss to the Raiders in Upper State.