Swiec success for Lady Wolfpack

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Greenbrier's Michelle Swiec looks for someone to pass to after she came up with a loose ball under the basket Wednesday.

Greenbrier literally rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night to honor its seniors on the school's final regular season basketball night of the year.


No one deserved it more than the girls' basketball team.

No one on the girls basketball team deserved it more than Michelle Swiec.

"She has done everything she can the past four years to help us win," Greenbrier girls basketball coach Garrett Black said. "She's the one that's been in the driver's seat."

In addition to the regular senior-night festivities, Swiec was honored Tuesday night as a McDonald's All-American nominee- a recognition given to the top 4,500 boys and girls high school basketball players in the nation.

Black said he can't remember the last time a Columbia County athlete earned the award.

"She deserves it," he said. "Words can't express how I feel about all our seniors and what they've done this season."

What they've done is beyond Columbia County basketball standards. Greenbrier's 69-55 win over region rival Lakeside on Wednesday night wrapped up regular season play. The Lady Wolfpack have yet to lose a game this season (25-0).

Swiec is at the heart of Greenbrier's success. Despite missing six games this season with a knee injury, she's still scored over 1,500 career points. She's helped the team reach the state quarterfinals and semifinals in 2005 and 2006 respectively. This year, Swiec and her defensive-minded team have won by 15 or more points in 22 of 25 games.

Swiec earned the award but said it was a team effort.

"It really means a lot to me, but it's the four years I've had with this team that's given me this opportunity," she said.

Swiec scored 12 points in the win while senior Brooke Jackson had 14.

Black said he'll give his girls at least one night to celebrate a perfect regular season.

"It was one of our goals to go undefeated," he said. "... Tomorrow we'll come back and we're 0-0."

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 863-6165 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.