Spring Valley and Dutch Fork tuned up for Saturday’s Region 4-4A girls basketball showdown by bagging easy conference wins on Friday after sitting out for a few days because of the big winter storm that paralyzed the Midlands this week.
Spring Valley (16-0, 4-0) smoked Blythewood 40-8, while Dutch Fork (14-0, 4-0) pounded Richland Northeast 73-30.
Spring Valley hit just one of 14 shots from 3-point range vs. Blythewood, but that mattered little in terms of the outcome. Asia Dozier accounted for 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Vikings. Xylina McDaniel, meanwhile, finished with 10 points, rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Dozier is averaging 16.4 points a game, while McDaniel is at 18.4 ppg and 9.4 rebounder per game.
Alaina Coates (20 points), Shelby Curtis (13), Donnesha Shuler (11) set the tone Dutch Fork. Coates, the 6-foot-5 sophomore center is averaging 22.4 points, 14.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Shuler is averaging 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.2 assists.
Sherees Rose scored 11 points for slumping RNE, which has dropped nine of its last 11 games to fall to 6-11 overall, 0-4 in region play.
In Friday’s other region contest, Ridge View (9-3, 3-2) breezed 74-50 past Lugoff-Elgin (4-9, 1-4). The Blazers received double-digit production from Nikia Squire (13 points), Lawren Lykes (10) and Alexus Jackson (10). Dahiana Rodriguez (12), Caressa Samuel (11) and Aneka Dixon (11) were the leading scorers for the Demons.