2018-03-02 / Sports

Skyhawks are State Champs!

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


The Hammond Lady Skyhawks, 2017-2018 SCISA 3A Girls Basketball State Champions (l-r): Front-Ariyana Best, Eme McQueen, Ashli Neal, Ahlea Myers, Kayden Adams (Coach Adam’s son), Anna Felder, Tyra Myers; Back-Head Coach Roshan Myers, Team Manager Ariel Hollis, Assistant Coach Dominique Thompson, Team Manager Jada Rogers, Team Manager Malin Bobbit, Anne Murphy, Assistant Coach Lukeisha Hickman, Claire Lewis, Mikenzie Turner, Mikayla Turner, Morgan Walker, Trinity Johnson, Assistant Coach Albert Johnson, and Assistant Coach Tracey Adams. Coach Myers also wanted to acknowledge the following people for their contributions to the program: Toreeka Myers (his wife, for supporting him and their girls (Ahlea and Tyra) unconditionally and who is their biggest fan and their biggest critic), Hammond AD Jeff Barnes, Headmaster Chris Angel, Sonya Fuemler, Elizabeth Brewer, Coach Brailyn Bennett, Coach Eric Werhman, Coach Janet Laine, Coach Daniel Nelson, Coach Brianna Johnson, The Greens, Julie Ross, and Mary McAllister. The Hammond Lady Skyhawks, 2017-2018 SCISA 3A Girls Basketball State Champions (l-r): Front-Ariyana Best, Eme McQueen, Ashli Neal, Ahlea Myers, Kayden Adams (Coach Adam’s son), Anna Felder, Tyra Myers; Back-Head Coach Roshan Myers, Team Manager Ariel Hollis, Assistant Coach Dominique Thompson, Team Manager Jada Rogers, Team Manager Malin Bobbit, Anne Murphy, Assistant Coach Lukeisha Hickman, Claire Lewis, Mikenzie Turner, Mikayla Turner, Morgan Walker, Trinity Johnson, Assistant Coach Albert Johnson, and Assistant Coach Tracey Adams. Coach Myers also wanted to acknowledge the following people for their contributions to the program: Toreeka Myers (his wife, for supporting him and their girls (Ahlea and Tyra) unconditionally and who is their biggest fan and their biggest critic), Hammond AD Jeff Barnes, Headmaster Chris Angel, Sonya Fuemler, Elizabeth Brewer, Coach Brailyn Bennett, Coach Eric Werhman, Coach Janet Laine, Coach Daniel Nelson, Coach Brianna Johnson, The Greens, Julie Ross, and Mary McAllister.

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You don’t see many Hammond folks wearing green because it’s one of the colors worn by their heated rival, the Heathwood Hall Highlanders, but the Lady Skyhawks’ head coach, Roshan Myers, was sporting a pair of bright green shoes when his team faced the Cardinal Newman Lady Cardinals in the SCISA 3A State Championship Saturday, February 24 in Sumter.


Hammond seniors (l-r) Ahlea Myers (Charleston Southern commit), Trinity Johnson (Presbyterian College commit), and Morgan Walker. Hammond Head Coach Roshan Myers says of all his seniors, “They have been dedicated since they entered the Hammond Lady Skyhawks basketball program. They are all multi-sport athletes and are successful in those as well. They were always serious about getting better and are all team players. They are not selfish. They are compassionate and care about their team. They always wanted to win a championship, but they believed in the process as well.” Hammond seniors (l-r) Ahlea Myers (Charleston Southern commit), Trinity Johnson (Presbyterian College commit), and Morgan Walker. Hammond Head Coach Roshan Myers says of all his seniors, “They have been dedicated since they entered the Hammond Lady Skyhawks basketball program. They are all multi-sport athletes and are successful in those as well. They were always serious about getting better and are all team players. They are not selfish. They are compassionate and care about their team. They always wanted to win a championship, but they believed in the process as well.” “I wore the green shoes because it was money time and time to close the DEAL!” Myers explained. But he added, “I had on red and blue socks though.”

Well, it all worked.

Myers’s Skyhawks took a 14-13 lead with 3:53 left in the first half and never trailed again eventually winning the championship 42-31 in a hard fought defensive battle.

The coach’s daughter, Ahlea Myers, led Hammond with a game-high 14 points.

Coach Myers quickly turned into a proud father when asked how it felt to have Ahlea, a senior, play such a pivotal role—not just in this game but since she first started for Hammond in the eighth grade.

“It’s priceless,” he said. “She gets it tough. She gets it at home. She gets it on the court. She don’t pay me no mind.”

Ahlea will take her talents to Charleston Southern University in the fall.

Trinity Johnson, another longtime starter and senior, chipped in ten points. Johnson is committed to Presbyterian College.

Tyra Myers, an eighth grader who is the coach’s other daughter on the team and a future star, added six points. Seniors Morgan Walker, Mikayla Turner, and Anna Felder finished with five, four, and three points, respectively.

Cardinal Newman eighth grader Ashlyn Watkins led the Cardinals with 11 points. Senior Mya Parter had eight, and sophomore Audrey Meyers got six. Senior Tyra Beadle finished with four, and freshman Jasmine Hogan had two.

Hammond came out of the gates swinging as Myers hit a floater in the lane and a 3-pointer to give the Skyhawks the early 5-0 lead. That lead grew to 9-4 after Johnson foun


Hammond seniors Anna Felder and Mikayla Turner. Coach Myers said, “Anna Felder has been playing basketball at Hammond since the sixth grade while battling with Type 1 diabetes. At times, she has to play with her pump on. She is a true fighter.” Hammond seniors Anna Felder and Mikayla Turner. Coach Myers said, “Anna Felder has been playing basketball at Hammond since the sixth grade while battling with Type 1 diabetes. At times, she has to play with her pump on. She is a true fighter.”

d Turner for a layup, and then Felder hit a jumper, but the Cardinals fought back.

Watkins got a stickback basket, and then Beadle hit a jumper. Meyers got a rebound and a follow, and Parter added a free throw to give Cardinal Newman an 11- 9 edge after one quarter of play.

Points were hard to come by in the second as Felder and Walker clogged the paint for Hammond, and Wa


Cardinal Newman’s Mya Parter drives against Hammond. Cardinal Newman’s Mya Parter drives against Hammond.

tkins did the same for the Cardinals. As a consequence, Cardinal Newman managed just two free throws from Parter in the second.

Hammond got a layup from Turner at the 5:33 mark, and then Johnson tied the game at 13-13 with a floater through the lane. Felder then hit one of two free throws to give the Skyhawks a lead they would never again relinquish as they held a 14-13 advantage at the break.

Tyra Myers drained a 3-pointer to start the third quarter for Hammond. Meyers responded with a jumper for Cardinal Newman, but Tyra Myers followed with another 3- pointer, and the Skyhawks led 20-15 with 4:36 left in the third.

That lead grew to six points after a three from Johnson, but four straight points from Watkins cut the Cardinal deficit to 23-21.

Ahlea Myers then hit a 3-pointer for Hammond. Parter kept Cardinal Newman close with a free throw, but Walker hit a layup at the buzzer to give Hammond a 28-22 lead going into the final eight minutes.

The Skyhawks got their biggest lead of the game so far when Walker picked up a loose 


CN’s Ashlyn Watkins goes high for against Hammond. CN’s Ashlyn Watkins goes high for against Hammond. ball and drew a foul as she muscled in a layup. She hit the ensuing free throw, and Hammond led 33-24 with 6:52 to play. 
CN’s Audrey Meyers drives to the hoop against Hammond. CN’s Audrey Meyers drives to the hoop against Hammond.

The Cardinals battled back with a floater through the lane from Parter and 3- of-4 free throws from Watkins to trim the Skyhawks’ advantage to 33-29 with 3:27 left, but that was as close as Cardinal Newman would get.

Hammond spent the rest of the game at the free throw line. Ahlea Myers made 4-of-4, and Johnson sank 5-of-6 to close it out. Parter added a basket late, but that was it for Cardinal Newman, and the celebration was on for the Skyhawks.


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