The three undefeated basketball teams in the Midlands continued their winning ways on Tuesday.
Irmo rolled over Ridge View 77-43 on the Blazers home floor to improve to 16-0, 2-0 in Region 4-4A boys action. Justin McKie (23 points) and Detrek Browning (14) led the way for the top-ranked Yellow Jackets.
The Dutch Fork and Lower Richland girls also stayed unblemished.
Top-ranked, defending state champion Dutch Fork (15-0) opened the Region 5-4A campaign with a rousing 60-19 win over South Aiken. The Silver Foxes had a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and had a 36-8 advantage at halftime. Ten of the 13 players employed by coach Fay Norris scored. Alaina Coates and Morgan Williams were the nominal scoring leaders with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Coates also grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots, while Williams was credited with eight boards and four steals. Rose Robinson has just two points, but the senior guard rang up six assists and three steals.
Lower Richland, which moved up to the No. 2 spot in the new Class 3A rankings in the wake of last weeks win over Dreher, improved top 12-0, 2-0 in Region 4-3A with a 67-30 win over Camden at the Diamond Mine. Breshay Johnson set the pace the Diamond Hornets with 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Six of Johnsons retrieves came at the offensive end. In all, LR came up with 30 steals against the rattled Bulldogs. Christian Brown also had a good numbers game 11 points, eight boards, three steals, three assists. Jasmine Richardson added five steals and four assists to her six points.
Here are other items of note from around the area:
Heathwood Hall and Hammond pulled off sweeps in the opening round of the SCISA Region 1-3A campaign.
Heathwood Hall rolled surprised no one with an easy, 71-20 win over Augusta Christian in the girls game behind 28 points from Aja Wilson and 13 from Gadson Lefft. The 53-47 overtime conquest of the visiting Lions by the Highlander boys was another matter. Heathwood, after all, came into the came at 5-5 and struggling to find an identity. AC brought an 11-1 record into the conference lidlifter. Nygel Vaughn pumped in 18 points and Bradley Singleton added 13 for the winning Highlanders.
Hammond bagged two wins at Ben Lippen. The Skyhawk boys (12-2) prevailed 52-38 as Xavier McDaniel fired in 20 points and Seventh Woods chipped in 13. Luke Burnett and Wright Bynum tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Falcons (6-6). N the opener, Hammond (10-2) was a 44-30 winner as freshman Maggie Adams tallied 12 points and senior Amoshia Blakney added 10. Corrie Hester posted a game high 17 points for Ben Lippen (5-6).
Keenan is off to yet another great start in Region 3-2A. The Raiders pulled off their second sweep in as many tries, this time at home against Columbia. The Keenan boys (10-5) got 24 points from Marcus Stroman, 16 from Eric Hopkins and 10 from Jaquan Allen in a 62-46 win over the Capitals (5-10). In the opener, the Raider girls evened their record at 6-6 with a 60-36 romp as senior leader Kierra Robinson poured in 23 points and had double-digit backing from freshman center Leon Hill (11 points) and sophomore guard Dashelle Robinson (10). It was a satisfying win for the Keenan girls, considering the Capitals beat them three times last season, including a win in the Upper State championship game.
Dreher bounced back from being swept by Lower Richland last week with a sweep of their own at Westwood. The Blue Devils girls (12-5) blasted the first-year Redhawks 44-11, despite getting off to a slow start. Kaydra Duckett carried Dreher with 23 points and six rebounds. In the nightcap, the Blue Devils (13-1) bagged a 50-43 win as sophomore Tevin Mack deposited a game high 22 points. Marcellus Garrick tallied 17 points for Westwood (5-8).
Lexingtons girls set up a Region 5-4A sweep of North Augusta by downing in the visiting Yellow Jackets, 46-36. The Wildcats (10-4) have won six in a row and eight of their last nine. Allison Kays 18 points led the way and Destinee Langford backed her with 12 points.
White Knoll came away with a split at Aiken in the first round of the Region 5-4A campaign. The Timberwolves girls fell to 7-5 with a 56-35 loss in the opener. Turnovers doomed WK, especially early in the game when the Green Hornets raced to a 27-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. Summer Cagle led the T-Wolves with 13 points. White Knolls boys (11-5) were virtually in command from start to finish in the nightcap behind the balanced contributions by Najee Garvin (15 points), Emarius Logan (13), Julian Johnson (11) and Brandon Tillmon (11).