Midlands basketball games to watch, Feb. 4-8
02/03/2014 9:17 PM
02/03/2014 9:18 PM
Boys: Lower Richland at A.C. Flora
The win at Lower Richland on Jan. 10 gave the Falcons a big confidence boost, but they dropped their next two games and fell into a hole in Region 4-3A. But with six consecutive wins, the Falcons improved to 14-8, 7-2 and are sitting at No. 2 in the region.
The Diamond Hornets (11-8, 4-3) are looking to battle back from fourth in the region, and need improved rebounding and free-throw shooting to get it done.
Senior Brandon Stroman averages 12 points and five rebounds per game, and Jared Richardson leads Lower Richland in scoring with 17 points per game.
Rion Davis and Karl Gamble lead the Falcons in scoring.
Girls: Aiken at Dutch Fork
Dutch Fork (10-7, 5-1) is second in Region 5-4A after its loss to North Augusta, and is coming off a 19-point win against South Aiken. This is the Silver Foxes’ final home game before a three-game road trip.
The effort is led by junior forward/center Morgan Williams, who averages 13 points and eight rebounds per game. Point guard Sydney Shull and Zhane Green add 10 points each.
Aiken is 5-12, 1-3 and fourth in the region, averaging 34 points per game.
Boys: Ridge View at Spring Valley
Ridge View (5-12, 3-3) looks to climb into a tie for second in Region 4-4A with a win against the rival Vikings (8-11, 4-2).
Ridge View is led by Torry Robinson and Khalil Hopkins in scoring. Jordan Bruner and Ja’lon Williams boost Spring Valley with scoring and rebounding, and the Vikings have the size advantage inside.
The Blazers, who won three in a row heading into this week, face Irmo on Tuesday.
Spring Valley topped Ridge View 70-58 in their first meeting.
Girls: Lower Richland at Dreher
Lower Richland won by eight points on Jan. 24, with physical play and a lot of scoring from Dejah Williford and Breshay Johnson.
The Diamond Hornets (17-1, 7-0) draw strength from their bench, which produces about 20 points per game.
The Blue Devils are 13-3, 6-1 and won the two games since by 18 and 23 points.
For the Blue Devils, Makayla Johnson and Jhileiya Dunlap’s play inside makes the difference and with Kaydra Duckett running point, the Blue Devils can never be counted out. Duckett and Dunlap lead the Blue Devils with 15 points per game apiece.
Akilah Imani Nelson