Lower Richland’s first girls basketball region championship at a new level became official on Friday night. LR’s easy conquest of Lugoff-Elgin, coupled with Chapin’s win over Chester allowed the top-ranked Diamond Hornets to put the Region 4-3A title on ice.
Morgan Stroman pumped in a game-high 20 points for Lower Richland (19-1, 8-0), and the all-state senior forward had double-digit support from Ashley Edmond (12 points) and Stephanie Hayes (10).
Chapin avenged a first-half loss to Chester on Friday, downing the visiting Cyclones 52-44 as Alexa Conners and Ashlee Wilson scored 16 points apiece. Chester’s Miach Wessinger took game honors with a 30-point barrage, but the senior guard had on 14 points in support from the rest of the team. Wessinger, by the way, recently had a streak of 30 consecutive free throws made, which was the third longest such streak in state history.
Chapin (17-5, 5-3) finds itself in a three-way tie for second place with Chester and A.C. Flora entering the final week of the region campaign. At stake is a home date in the first round of the upcoming 3A state playoffs.
A.C. Flora, with senior all-state guard Tiara Knotts back in the fold off the IR, finds itself in the best position of the three contenders. The Falcons (13-8, 5-3), who defeated Fairfield Central 63-46 on Friday, can virtually assure themselves of a second-place finish with a win Tuesday at Chester. Both Chester and Chapin have games next week against mighty Lower Richland.
Jasmine Stubbs led ACF at homer on Friday with 19 points, followed by Knotts with 14 points and Kim Roach with 11.
On the boys side, Fairfield Central and Lower Richland kept pace at the top of the standings. The Griffins and Diamond Hornets split the season series. FC closes out the region race with two homes games – Tuesday vs. Lugoff-Elgin, Friday vs. Chapin. The Diamond Hornets play at Chapin on Tuesday and at home against Chester on Friday.
The A.C. Flora boys are currently tied for third place with Chester at 3-5 in region matters, and have playoff qualifying matters in their own hands in the final week. The Falcons, who have lost three straight region games, play at Chester on Tuesday and at Lugoff-Elgin on Friday. L-E and Chapin are both on the outside at 2-6.