This week’s top Midlands basketball games

February 11, 2014 

TUESDAY

Boys: Dutch Fork at Lexington

The Silver Foxes (15-7, 6-2) have won their past three on the way to this Region 5-4A rematch against the Lexington Wildcats (16-8, 4-4), who are hanging in at fourth in the region.

Dutch Fork, led by Freddie Poole and Christian Mills, averages 61 points to Lexington’s 54 points.

That seven-point margin was the difference in their Jan. 24 meeting with the Wildcats.

The Silver Foxes are at second in the region, and with a win at Lexington, the Silver Foxes would preserve a shot at a piece of the region title. They get that shot in Friday’s region finale against Dutch Fork.

Girls: Irmo at Spring Valley

The league-leading Yellow Jackets look to complete the sweep in this series.

Irmo is 21-1, 8-0 and on an 11-win streak. Though Irmo posted a 51-34 victory against Spring Valley at home last month, the Vikings pose a significant threat.

Led by senior Cierra Carter, who averages 20 points and five rebounds per game, the Vikings recovered and have won four in a row since the Jan. 21 loss.

Junior KeAsia Jackson leads the team with 13 points per game, while the squad tallies 52.5 points per game. With 6.6 rebounds per game, Olivia Jabber leads the Yellow Jackets’ effort on the boards.

Irmo’s defense hurt the Vikings in their previous meeting, holding Spring Valley to 39 percent shooting from the floor.

FRIDAY

Boys: Lamar at C.A. Johnson

The Hornets (12-9, 6-1) are ranked seventh in Class A, and have notched back-to-back wins to set themselves solidly in second place in Region 3-A.

C.A. Johnson closes the regular season against the 5-12, 3-3 Silver Foxes, looking to take strong momentum into the postseason. The Hornets defeated Lamar 96-48 a week ago.

The Hornets are led by Peter Goodman, who posts 17.6 points per game. Benjamin Holmes, Mike Knox, William Tobe and Bre’Ondre Johnson each add around nine points, and the Hornets’ scoring bench makes their offense hard to top.

Girls: North Augusta at Dutch Fork

Dutch Fork is 12-7, 7-1 and making its final bid at a Region 5-4A title. The Silver Foxes fell by two points in their Jan. 31 meeting at North Augusta.

But Dutch Fork, led by senior point guard Shelby Curtis and junior Morgan Williams, has won three in a row since, all by double digits.

Maintaining intensity is the key, and with a strong postseason start as motivation, it should not be difficult to accomplish for the two-time defending champion Silver Foxes.

Shull, Williams and junior Zhane Green combine for 34 points for the Silver Foxes, and Williams leads the squad with eight rebounds per game.

North Augusta (12-10, 7-1) averages 45 points per game, led by Mallory Stone and Ja’lyn Sanders.

Akilah Imani Nelson

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