Notebook: 3-2A girls basketball

January 22, 2011 

The revitalized Columbia High girls basketball team completed a very productive week with a 47-41 win over Keenan, three days after downing another top Region 3-2A contender in Eau Claire.

The sweep allowed the Capitals (12-2 overall) to emerge with sole possession of first place in the region with a 4-0 conference mark. Michala Robinson led the balanced Columbia attack with 15 points and had solid support from Brittany Pimpleton (14) and Norrisha Victrum (10).

The Capitals, coming off two straight losing seasons, have only faltered against Class 4A Lexington thus far.

Jocolby Brown and Patrice Stroman were the high scorers for Keenan (13-5, 3-2) with 19 and 10 points, respectively.

In other region games, Eau Claire topped Gilbert 54-30 and Strom Thurmond breezed by Batesburg-Leesville 45-13. Thaesha Lyles scored 21 points for EC, which improved to 10-4 overall, 3-1 in the region.

Region 3-2A girls standings

Columbia 4-0, Eau Claire 3-1, Keenan 3-2, Strom Thurmond 2-3, Batesburg-Leesville 1-3, Gilbert 0-4.

Newberry thumped country rival Mid-Carolina 55-30 in Region 2-2A action on Friday, rebounding nicely from a bitter 39-38 loss to Emerald on Tuesday. Tyndell Mendenhall (17 points), Arnasia Boyd (16) and Kristi Hawkins (15) did most of the damage for the Bulldogs (6-7, 2-1).

Mid-Carolina (1-11, 0-3) has lost 11 in a row since opening the season with a win over neighboring Whitmire.

Region 2-2A girls standings

Broome 3-0, Newberry 2-1, Emerald 2-1, Saluda 1-2, Woodruff 1-2, Mid-Carolina 0-3.

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