Airport took sole possession of first place in Region 5-3A basketball with a 55-43 win Friday at home. The Eagles evened their overall record at 8-8, and moved to 4-0 in region matters.
Jessica Ellison paced Airport with 23 points, raising her region scoring average to 19.0 ppg. Leanna Richardson backed Ellison with 13 points – her first double-digit outing in region play. Richardson now is averaging 8.5 ppg in conference action.
Freshman Taylor Vinson topped B-C (5-10, 3-1) with 12 points, and Corteastia Taylor scored 10.
The Bearcats dropped back into a tie for second-place with Dreher, which hung a 74-64 loss on Swansea last night. Tequila McNeal exploded with 34 points, and Shekiena Smith tallied 16 in the big Blue Devils win. Shanae Zeigler scored 27 points for the Tigers.
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While the girls were slugging it out for first place, the prize in the nightcap was escaping the region basement. Airport made it a clean sweep on the night, ripping the defending region champion Bearcats 65-50.
Scoring balanced was the key for the Eagles (9-10, 1-3). Josh Gordon led the way with 17 points, followed by Sting Williams (14), Jared Brown (13) and Jonathan Jenkins (12). Jonathan Rumph and Jake Benton both tallied 15 points for B-C, which fell to 6-9, 0-4.
Region 5-3A boys standings
Dreher 4-0; Swansea 3-2; South Aiken 3-2; Midland Valley 2-2; Airport 1-3; Brookland-Cayce 0-4.
Region 5-3A girls standings
Airport 4-0; Brookland-Cayce 3-1; Dreher 3-1; Midland Valley 1-3; Swansea 1-4; South Aiken 1-4.