Spring Valley handed Richland Northeast its first loss in Region 4-4A boys basketball action on Friday night, downing the visiting Cavaliers 69-64.
The Vikings (10-8, 5-2) displayed excellent scoring balance in the win, which solidified their hold on third place in the standings. The verdict also allowed SV to move within one game of second-place RNE in the loss column. A total of five SV players hit double digit mark in scoring. Jonathon Garrett was the nominal Vikings leader with 14 points, followed closely by Austin Beamus (12), Russell McCray (11), Devante Brooks (11) and Kristopher Acox 10. Travis Hammonds (19 points), Ryan Quarles (14) and Quinn Martin (13) did the b lk of the scoring for RNE (12-6).
Irmo (15-2) beat neighborhood rival Dutch Fork 55-45 to remain the lone unbeaten team in region play. The Yellow Jackets scoring parade featured David Frazier (16 points), Jordan Roper (15) and Dominique Shuler (12). Eric Bethel scored 10 points for the Silver Foxes (5-14).
Ridge View (11-7) ended a three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, beating cross-county rival Blythewood 76-69 in overtime. The Blazers seemingly put the verdict on ice when Trent Dickerson hit two free throws with eight seconds left in regulation. But the Bengals forced the extra session when Jerry Bowers banked in a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Blazers dominated in OT.
Ridge View, which is now 10-1 vs. Blythewood through the years, never trailed in the game, and the only tie was at the very end of regulation.
Cameron Lee was the Blazers with 16 points, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range. He had plenty of support from teammates Jared Johnson (12 points, 7 assists), Jamaal Brantley (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks), Stephen Rombert (10 points), Jamie Portee (11 points), Dickerson (4 points, 6 assists) and Forrest Fulmore (8 points, 6 rebounds)
Damar Hall (18 points), Avery Johnson (14), T.J. Harris (14) and Jerry Bowers (11) set the pace for Blythewood (8-10) in the Bengals’ most productive offensive game in the regular season to date.
“It was a really entertaining high school basketball game, and an important game for us in terms of position in the region,” said RV coach John Combs. “As disappointed and angry as I was in how we closed out regulation, I was just as happy with how we played in OT.”
Region 4-4A boys standings
Irmo 6-0, Richland NE 4-1, Spring Valley 5-2, Ridge View 3-4, Blythewood 3-4, Dutch Fork 2-5, Lugoff-Elgin 0-7.
The three teams at the top of the girls standings rolled to easy wins on Friday.
Undefeated Spring Valley (19-0) crushed Richland Northeast 87-23, Dutch Fork (16-1) humbled Irmo 73-36 and Ridge View (11-3) exploded in the second half on the way to handing Blythewood a 68-48 defeat.
For once, neither Asia Dozier nor Xylina was the headliner for Spring Valley. Oh, the two stars tallied 18 points apiece, but Brian Robinson was the Viking in the spotlight this time with a 27-point game. Robinson was 11-for-17 from the field. Even more impressive, she was a torrid 5-for-7 from 3-point range. The sensation performance also featured five assists, six rebounds and two steals. McDaniel finished with a double-double – adding 10 rebounds to her point total. Shaquita Walker had another solid game, as well, with seven points, six assists and six steals. Dozier’s performance also included seven boards, four assists and six steals.
Alaina Coates fired in 25 points for Dutch Fork, and had solid backing from Donnesha Shuler (18) and Shelby Curtis (14). Jemekia Wilson scored 10 for Irmo (7-10).
Ridge View saw Blythewood rally to tie the score at halftime (28-28) with a 21-9 run in the second quarter. But the host Blazers ran past the Bengals 40-20 in the second half. Balanced scoring was the major RV attribute. Elizabeth Styles laws the nominal leader with 15 points, followed by Alexus Johnson (14), Briana Johnson (12) and Nikia Squire (12). Kierra Brown scored 12 points and Aaliyah Keels added 11 for Blythewood (8-7).
Region 4-4A girls standings
Spring Valley 7-0, Dutch Fork 6-1, Ridge View 5-2, Blythewood 3-4, Irmo 1-5, Lugoff-Elgin 1-6, Richland NE 0-5.