By Karlniyah Hill, Sports Writer

Keenan’s lady basketball team vs. Mullins on Friday, March 2 3:00 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Keenan started off 1-6 entering January. The Lady Raiders did not let this affect them every game and when they were on the court.

“I didn’t feel surprised because we always start at the beginning and we always change the end,” Senior Logan Taylor-McDaniel said.

Giving up wasn’t an option for the Lady Raiders. Taylor-McDaniel was the most defensive player on the team. She had great confidence.

“It feel peaceful knowing that I’m able to end my high school career winning the state championship,” she said.

Playing good defense was the key of winning the game.

The team’s most offensive player was Senior Jadiamond Hickman. Hickman hit over a thousand points.

“It’s an good feeling knowing out of my two sisters I’m the only one that hit over a thousand points and we all played basketball for Keenan,” Hickman said.

Hickman always was there for her teammates and did anything to help them.

“When they was down I told them we got to win we got to keep playing we can’t give up,” Hickman said.

This was a dream that came true. Keenan beat Mullins 51-28. This is the third title for Keenan and Coach Reggie McClain. They won in 2008 and 2013 but suffered losses in the 2011 and 2016.

“It feels great to win the State Championship,” McLain said. “I think my girls worked very hard for it. The keys were to pressure defense and presenting turnovers.”