Dreher is the reigning power in Class 5-3A basketball, which concluded regular-season play on Thursday.
The Blue Devils girls, who locked up the No. 1 state playoff seed on Tuesday, secured the outright region championship last night with a 56-29 rout of Swansea as Emily Newton scored a game-high 19 points. The Dreher boys, who secured the title last week, closed out a perfect 10-0 region run by blowing out Swansea 76-40 behind Dominique Nathaniel (17 points), Chris Brown (16), Quayshaun Hawkins (13) and James Whitehead (10).
In the other big region item on Thursday, Airport’s girls bounced back from a Tuesday title-showdown loss to Dreher to claimed second place and a home date in the first round of the playoffs by beating Brookland-Cayce, 63-62. Jessica Ellison paced the winning Eagles with 23 points and had double-digit support from LeeAnna Richardson (14) and Maya McCray. Asia Benn paced B-C with 14 points.
Swansea’s boys face South Aiken tonight to break a second-place tie and the right to host a first-round state game. The Swansea girls are set for tonight’s make-or-break play-in game for the No. 4 seed against Midland Valley.
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The Airport and B-C boys did not make the cut. The Eagles, however, finished on a high note with a 60-53 win over the Bearcats. Jonathan Jenkins tallied 19 points for Airport (11-14, 3-7). O’Neal Jones scored 20 for B-C, which finished 6-15 overall and winless in the region after going 10-0 on the way to a title last season.
Final Region 5-3A boys standings
Dreher 10-0; Swansea 6-4; South Aiken 6-4; Midland Valley 5-5; Airport 3-7; Brookland-Cayce 0-10.
Final Region 5-3A girls standings
Dreher 9-1; Airport 8-2; Brookland-Cayce 6-4; Swansea 3-7; Midland Valley 3-7; South Aiken 1-9.