DUNCAN — Union County High School basketball standout Kristin Giles capped off a superb season with an equally impressive appearance in the seventh annual Spartanburg vs. Greenville FCA All-Star Basketball Challenge on Saturday night at the Byrnes Freshman Academy. The senior point guard, who was invited to be a member of the Spartanburg team, turned in a team high 11 points while playing limited minutes due to frequent substitutions.
“The coaches had to sub five new players every five minutes so I tried to play my hardest every time I was on the court,” said Giles who didn’t realize until Monday that her 11 points were the most scored for her team.
“I didn’t expect that so it feels good,” she added. “There was a lot of talent out there and I liked seeing everybody do their thing.”
Spartanburg claimed a 33-27 lead at intermission but with Giles on the bench to start the second half Greenville closed the margin. With 7.01 remaining Wade Hampton’s Nikki Young knocked down a couple of free throws to propel Greenville to a 49-45 lead that it would keep.
“It would have felt good to get that trophy but I had fun anyway,” said Giles after the game.
She plans to continue her basketball career at the collegiate level and is in the process of deciding which school will acquire her services.
“I talked to a couple of coaches after the All Star game and they want me to visit their campuses,” she said. “I’ll probably make a decision by the end of the week.”
GREENVILLE (64): Victoria Leroy 10, Brianna Thompson 6, Daniqua McKinney 4, Kentra Washington 7, Rochelle Brophy 4, Alexis Dillard 3, Nikki Young 15, Marilyn Malphrus 2, Ashante Stokes 4, Tamara Bembery 1, Brianna Neves 3, Courtney Williams 5.
SPARTANBURG (59): Kenya Olley 7, K.J. Jones 4, Crystal Samuel 9, Alexus Alexander 4, Kandace Starks 2, Lee Lee Young 8, Kendra Dawkins 2, Lauren Pitts 2, Kristin Giles 11, Shaqueshia Dawkins 7, Allison Gaminde 3.