Midlands basketball upcoming games to watch

January 21, 2014 




Jordan Watson and Antonio Wright combine for 21.9 points for the Redhawks, who are 13-4, 3-2, as they try to stay in front in Region 4-3A. Westwood is looking to bounce back from a two-point loss at Dreher on Saturday. River Bluff (3-10, 0-2) is a young team trying to find itself.

The Gators average 44 points per game, and will need big defense to hold off the Redhawks. They are led in scoring by Brandon Tillman. Junior Adonus Lee leads the Redhawks’ defense with six rebounds and two blocks per game, and Watson adds 5.5 rebounds.



Ranked No. 2 in the state, Spring Valley (15-1) travels to No. 3 Irmo, where junior Ke’Asia Jackson leads the 16-1 Yellow Jackets with 14 points per game. Jackson is poised to score her 1,000th career point in this game.

Spring Valley’s game runs through senior Cierra Carter, who scores 21.3 points per game. Akia Dunlap and Megan Davis help balance the scoring load.

Olivia Jabber and Shakira Carter lead Irmo’s rebounding effort, and they will have to work against the Vikings’ Carter and Raven Fleming to claim defensive boards.

Both teams have won six straight and are 3-0 in Region 4-4A.




The 13-5 Wildcats are No. 3 in Region 5-4A; Dutch Fork, 10-6, is in fourth. Lexington notched a lopsided win over South Aiken on Friday, but are evenly matched with Dutch Fork. The Silver Foxes average 62 points per game, led by Deion Frasier and Fred Poole. Dutch Fork is coming off a four-point, overtime loss on Friday, when Aiken held them to 53 points.

Nelson Spence and Damon Blake lead the scoring for Lexington, which averages 57 points.



The Blue Devils (10-2), ranked fourth in state, challenge No. 2 Lower Richland (14-1) in the first of their Region 4-3A meetings.

The well-rounded rivals match-up well inside. The biggest match-up pits Lower Richland’s Breshay Johnson (15.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 steals) against Dreher’s Makayla Johnson (7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks) in the post.

Dreher has an advantage with experienced guard play from senior Kaydra Duckett. The Diamond Hornets will be challenged to stop the physical point guard/power forward, as well as forward Jhileiya Dunlap. Duckett has made 21 3s this season, and Dunlap leads the team with 16.3 points per game.

Lower Richland’s Dejah Williford leads the Diamond Hornets’ set of guards with 10.7 points and 2.2 assists.

Akilah Imani Nelson

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