The beat goes on for Dutch Forks girls basketball team, but the big news last week in Region 5-4A hoops was the big move by Matt Browns DF boys.
The Silver Foxes (5-11, 2-4) pulled off a sweep that made the already messy region championship race even more untidy. Entering the new week, Lexington and Aiken are tied for first place at 4-2, with White Knoll, North Augusta and South Aiken all at 3-3.
Dutch Fork got its first region success last Tuesday at home against North Augusta. Christian Mills paced the 68-60 upset with 27 points, backed by Hank Edmonds (15) and Freddie Poole (8).
The Silver Foxes followed with an impressive 58-45 road win on Friday at South Aiken. DF trailed 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, but responded with a 16-10 run for a one-point halftime lead. The Foxes steadily pulled away after the break. Edmonds (18 points) and Watson Harris (17) did the heavy lifting.
Dutch Forks playoff hopes are on the line this week with a Tuesday game at Aikin and a Friday home date with White Knoll.
Lexington started the week with a 61-44 win over archrival White Knoll, but the Wildcats lost its grip on first place with a shocking 84-59 loss at North Augusta behind a 35-point performance by T.J. Sheppard. White Knoll bounced back from the Lexington blowout to stun Aiken 59-58, clinching the decision with two free throws with six seconds remaining.
Lexington hosts two vital games this week Tuesday vs. South Aiken and Friday vs. Aiken. White Knoll hosts North Augusta on Tuesday before squaring off against Dutch Fork.
There is no first-place drama in 5-4A girls hoops. Top-ranked, defending state champion Dutch Fork crushed South Aiken 76-16 on Friday for its 30th straight win. The Silver Foxes had 35 points on the board before the Thoroughbreds managed to score. Alaina Coates finished with 22 points and six rebounds and Rose Robinson was named the DF player of the game with 10 points, six steals and five assists. Senior Camille Henry did not score, but was credited with 10 helpers.
Lexingtons girls stayed in the state playoff hunt with a 52-44 win over winless-in-the-region White Knoll last Tuesday. The Wildcats enter the new week tied for fourth place with South Aiken. The teams meet in a key game on Tuesday. A win by South Aiken would not only give the T-Breds a one-game lead, but also a tie-breaking edge over the Wildcats.