Some plays don’t always work, but Aiken had a go-to solution for such a problem. It had the simple head tap.
With a high screen, Lady Hornets basketball star Erin Gilmore would hopefully have some room to create something out of what was nothing mere moments before.
Gilmore could drive to get a shot or kick out the ball against a collapsing defense so Hanna Williams, Rebekah Muir or another teammate had an open look on a 3-pointer.
Often, when all else failed, Gilmore didn’t.
The senior earned All-State honors in Class AAAA this season and averaged nearly 14 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists per game to earn The Augusta Chronicle’s South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year honor.
“She can do things that you can’t coach: the speed, the quickness,” Aiken coach Aubrey Pompey said. “Any time I put her on the court, I knew we had a chance because of the level of talent and potential. She was fun to coach.”
Gilmore was Aiken’s best player on a team that reached the Class AAAA Lower State final. She was a threat to drive and kick or drive and shoot. Although she was the team’s leading scorer, Gilmore joked that she can’t shoot.
She’s not as consistent as a shooter as she would like to be, describing her ways as flat, but Gilmore was most dangerous when she dribbled inside. It wasn’t unusual to see her put up a tough shot in the paint that might have looked impossible for others but rather normal for
The 5-foot-6 guard has been playing basketball since she was 5 years old. As a senior, an ankle injury slowed her down as her team’s run finally ended to Dutch Fork, but the season was still special.
Gilmore didn’t know she would get all the individual or team success she’s had, but with her quickness and worth ethic, she ended her high school career with a long playoff story.
“I didn’t expect it. I thought we would make it to the playoffs, but not that far like we did,” Gilmore said. “I was surprised. We had a good team, a good year.”