Things we know
It has not taken long for last year’s boys Class 3A champion Falcons to adjust to their new head coach, Joshua Staley. After the first week of region competition, the Falcons are 13-3, 2-0, and have won four in a row. The team was 8-6 at the same point last season before going on to finish 22-9 with a state final. The Falcons host Richland Northeast on Tuesday.
Socastee coach Ginger Ford guided her team to a win over ninth-ranked Myrtle Beach with a designed play for a buzzer-beating game-winner. Mia Angelo was tasked with turning an inbounds pass into a 3-pointer with less than five seconds on the clock.
“Four seconds is decent enough to get the ball up the court. So I just wanted her to take a shot,” Ford said.
Angelo delivered, and Socastee won 41-40.
Things we don’t know
The Raiders started the season with a No. 1 ranking in the coaches’ poll, but losses in three holiday tournaments put Keenan in a deep hole coming into the new year.
With their 66-32 win over Newberry on Saturday, the Raiders stand at 8-8. Where will they go from here?
The Hornets returned a few players from last season’s senior-heavy championship squad, and with their 1-10 record it is obvious that the departures have made a big impact. What is not obvious is who will fill the void, especially in scoring offense.
Big man Dontrell Corley, a key rebounder and second-chance scorer last season, is one of six seniors on this year’s squad. Will it be him?
Led by Morgan Williams, No. 1-ranked Dutch Fork, began Region 4-4 A competition with a 20-point win over Blythewood. But on Saturday, the Silver Foxes fell to fourth-ranked Irmo.
“We’re learning that we have to play hard every night, that the target is on our backs,” Norris said.
Three top performers
Three to watch
Both teams are 1-1 in Region 4-3A, and a win in this game will give either Lower Richland (6-4) or Flora (8-7) a boost that could prove crucial when the regular season clock starts winding down.
The Vikings (11-4) host rival Ridge View (10-3), which has come on strong with leadership from Breelyn Blanding and Armanii Grice. Junior Christian Hithe leads Spring Valley with 16.7 points per game.
The Raiders (8-8) have won three in a row, while Eau Claire (3-6) has dropped two straight. Keenan is led by Tariq Simmons and Antwan Holmes, who combine for an average of 35 points per game. Eau Claire averages 57 points led by Terrence Goodwin.
What they said
“We want to show we’re (not just) a good SCISA team, but a solid basketball team that can compete against the best the state has to offer.”
“We’re still looking for those second, third and fourth scoring options after Tevin.”
“We are not defeated.”