Here are some highlights from the Midlands girls basketball scene, Dec. 17:
Spring Valley (9-0. 2-0) jumped out to a 32-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and breezed to a 78-36 Region 4-4A win over visiting Lugoff-Elgin. The Vikings relentless defensive pressure resulted in 23 steals Xylina McDaniel set the pace for SV with 24 points and nine rebounds – six coming off the offensive glass. Briana Robinson had 15 points and five assists, Asia Dozier posted 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and six steals and Savonia Bryan rang up nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals The Vikings open play in the blue chip Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational - popularly known as the girls version of the famed Beach Ball Classic – on Monday against Norfolk Christian (VA) at 5:45 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Dutch Fork (8-0, 2-0) rolled to an easy 57-23 Region 4-4A win over Blythewood. Donnesha Shuler led the way for the Silver Foxes with 19 points, while Alaina Coates 18 tallied 18 Dutch Fork is off until the start of the Taco Bell Classic tournament at Keenan on Dec. 28 Blythewood fell to 5-3 overall, 1-1 in region play.
Airport (6-0, 2-0) scored a 57-42 Region 5-3A road win at Midland Valley. The Eagles received double-digit production from Taylor Benson (19 points), Julisa Muldrow (14) and Maya McCray (12) Airport is off until heading to the coast to take part in a holiday tournament hosts by Hilton Head, Dec. 28-30. The Eagles are looking to improve upon last season’s 1-2 showing at the event.
A.C. Flora (9-2, 1-1) had a strong response to a tough loss to Airport in the Region 5-3A opener on Tuesday, downing host Chapin in convincing fashion, 60-40. Alexis Jacobs led the Falcons with 16 points, Haniyyah Howard scored 11 and Simoy Evans, Kyeshia Dawkins and Allie Gaddis chipped in nine points apiece Flora is entered in the Orangeburg Sweet 16 tournament, Dec. 20-22 Chapin (5-4 overall) fell to 0-2 in region matters. Senior Ambria Kibler led the Eagles vs. ACF with 21 points. The Eagles host the four-team Chapin Claw holiday tournament, Dec. 22-23.
Lower Richland capped a busy and productive week with a 63-15 Region 5-3A win over Brookland-Cayce. The Diamond Hornets (7-2, 2-0) went 3-0 this week and have won four in a row since dropping an ugly 26-24 decision to Blythewood on Pearl Harbor Day Dashonshe Mitchell (12 points) and Justice Nathan (11) were the nominal LR scoring leaders Lower Richland is slated to play in the Orangeburg Sweet 16 tournament, Dec. 20-22.
Ridge View (5-1. 1-1) evened its Region 4-4A slate with an easy 49-28 success vs. Irmo at home. In all, nine Blazers scored in the game, but Elizabeth Styles was the lone double-digit producer with 17 points The Blazers are off until taking part in the first BI-LO Holiday Classic at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, Dec. 28-30 Jessica Gathers scored 10 points for Irmo (4-4, 0-2). The Yellow Jackets are idle until the Taco Bell Classic at Keenan, Dec. 28-30.
Gilbert enters the Lander Christmas Tournament (Dec. 20-22) as an undefeated team. The Indians improved to 6-0 by with a 42-24 win over Pelion that completed a season sweep of the series vs. their neighboring rival Kayla Bishop and Kelsey Hancock shared scoring honors for Gilbert with 11 points apiece.
Lexington closed out play in December with a 3-2 record and a 60-49 loss to a Waverly from Melbourne, Australia on Friday night. The Wildcats return to action on Jan. 4 vs. Columbia Seniors Jasmine Pinckney and Laura Beth Neal are Lexington’s leaders so far. Pinckney is averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 steals a game, while Neal is averaging 9.4 points per game and is shooting 90% and the free-throw line and 40% from 3-point range.
White Knoll begins play in the Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic today against host Rock Hill. The Timberwolves (2-7) are riding a modest two-game winning streak downing First Baptist 79-19 last week and adding a 42-37 triumph vs. Brookland-Cayce on Wednesday night Sommer Cagle had a monster game vs. First Baptist in Charleston – firing in 24 points on 11-for-13 shooting from the field and hauling down 15 rebounds. She had solid backing from Chelsea Joseph (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Jasmine Deloach (13 points, 6 steals, 5 assists) WK held B-C scoreless in the second quarter on the way to building a 21-6 halftime lead. Cagle and Joseph had double-doubles again. Cagle finished with 10 points and 11 boards, while Joseph had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Keisler Kiara just missed with 13 points and nine caroms, and she also chipped in four steals and three assists to the cause.