The small stature of guards Terrell Rogers and Darnell Rodgers, who stand 5-11 and 5-5, respectively, paints the perfect picture for the Indian Land basketball program.
Throughout the season, the Warriors, who have 11 of its 12 players on the roster at 6-0 or smaller, have played the role of David vs. Goliath.
Repeatedly, David has had enough rocks in the slingshot for many giants in the path to a monumental 21-8 record and berth into Saturday's Class-AA Upper State finals against basketball powerhouse Keenan of Columbia.
Unfortunately, the Warrior slingshot ran out of rocks against a taller Keenan squad, who captured the upper state title with a 65-36 victory at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.
Keenan, the defending state champions, demonstrated the poise and savvy of their rich basketball tradition, which boasts four state championships in the past two decades. The Warriors, by contrast, posted their best season in boys' basketball since reaching the Class-A state finals in 1973.
But with a roster with only two seniors, the Indian Land boys program is looking forward to the Upper State runner-up season as the spring board to bigger and better days.
"A lot of people may say that we are a one-hit wonder," Indian Land coach Nate Robinson said after Saturday's loss. "But what we will do is to get back into the weight room, go back to the drawing board, and do what we have done to get here."
Junior guard Terrell Rogers, who led this team with 29.7 points per game, is ready to prove that this is not a 'fluke season' and that Indian Land basketball is here to stay as legitimate championship contenders.
"We will continue to work hard and do what is necessary to continue to build this program up," Rogers said. "My little brother (reserve guard Darnell Rogers) will be in the eight grade next year and we have a 7-footer who will be in the seventh grade next season that will be on the varsity."
Shaquille Lathan and Jarrell Robinson, the lone two seniors, will not be around next season as the Warriors attempt to write the next chapter in the emergence of the boys basketball program.
Both, however, take pride in being leaders in what has been a historic year.
"We made big accomplishments this season and that came with a lot of practice and hard work," Robinson said. "We knew the jump from Class-A to AA would be tough. But we went all out and did not hold back.
"We do not want this to be like the old Indian Land," which perennially posted losing seasons.
Lathan added: "We want those guys to continue to work hard and do what they have to do," to take the next step in reaching the Class-AA state championship