With the mid-steam addition of River Bluff High, the expanded Region 4-3A basketball season gets the jump on the rest this week of the Midlands conferences.
The seven-team boys and girls races begin Tuesday and first-week continues through Friday.
Today’s varsity doubleheaders include Westwood at Chapin and Camden at A.C. Flora. Later, Chapin visits A.C. Flora on Thursday and Camden hosts first-year River Bluff on Friday.
Westwood’s boys are off to an impressive 5-0 start with all the wins against Richland District 2 Class 4A foes. Terry Dozier’s Redhawks got off to a great start with a 78-53 rout of Richland Northeast behind Antonio Wright’s 27 points. The Westwood girls, on the other hand, are at the other end of the spectrum with a 0-5 record.
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Chapin’s girls have won four in a row to improve to 5-3. Senior ShaLeighya Sulton (18.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.0 spg) is the Eagles leader. The Chapin boys are off to a slow, 2-7 start, but the Eagles are coming off a 66-54 win over Mid-Carolina behind Tanner Springston’s 25 points.
A.C. Flora’s girls are off to a 6-1 start with the most impressive success coming with 42-36 win over defending Class 2A state champion Keenan. Haniyyah Howard led the way for the Falcons against the Raiders with 29 points. The junior guard sports a team-high 19.3-point scoring average and has solid backing from Regan Tapp (7.3 ppg) and Sherryce King (4.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg). The ACF boys are 2-3.
Camden’s boys stand at 3-1, the girls at 4-2. River Bluff’s girls sport a 3-5 mark, while the boys are 2-6.