Irmo defeated Lugoff-Elgin in Region 4-4A boys basketball on Friday in a game that marked a return to form for both teams.
Irmo was coming off its first region loss of the season, while L-E was fresh from its first region success. The Yellow Jackets prevailed 76-55 to remain one in front of Richland Northeast. Irmo and RNE square off again on the Jackets floor on Wednesday.
Jordan Roper erupted for 30 points to lead the way for Irmo (20-3, 9-1). Dominic Shuler was the other double-digit man in Black and Gold with 12 points. Jo Jo Pellgrino (15), Darius Custard (14) and Zach Salmond (13) carried for scoring load for the Demons (4-16, 1-10).
Elsewhere, Richland Northeast stayed hot on Irmo’s trail with a tight 46-43 win over Blythewood and Ridge View avenged a previous loss to Spring Valley, downing the Vikings 75-58 in the rematch.
RNE (15-7, 7-2) received 15 points from Travis Hammonds, 11 from Mike Murphy and 9 from Quinn Martin in the triumph. The Cavaliers have a busy and important week on tap with three games – Tuesday at home vs. Dutch Fork, Wednesday at Irmo and Friday at home against Spring Valley.
Blythewood’s playoff bid took a hit in the tough loss. The Bengals (8-13, 3-7) currently share fifth place (which will net the region’s last playoff invitation) with Dutch Fork. The teams split two meetings. Blythewood closes the season next week with games against Spring Valley and Ridge View. Dutch Fork (6-16, 3-7) has an even more demanding final week slate with games on tap against Irmo and RNE.
T.J. Harris 12 led Blythewood vs. RNE with 12 points and Demar Hall contributed 10.
Ridge View beat Spring Valley at the RNE gym because roof repair work created leaks above the Blazers floor. The outcome was what really mattered was the verdict created a two-way tie between the district rivals for third place.
Jamaal Brantley and Cameron Lee were the Ridge View headliners. Brantley finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and took two charges, Lee hit 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and also had four rebounds and two assists.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Blazers (14-7, 6-4). Ridge View closes out the regular season next week at Lugoff-Elgin and at Blythewood.
Jonathan Garrett scored 14 points and Devante Brooks tallied 12 for Spring Valley (11-10, 6-4). The Vikings close out the regular season against Blythewood and at Richland NE.
Region 4-4A boys standings
Irmo 9-1, Richland NE 7-2, Spring Valley 6-4, Ridge View 6-4, Blythewood 3-7, Dutch Fork 3-7, Lugoff-Elgin 1-10.
In girls play, top-ranked, undefeated Spring Valley secured the region’s No. 1 state playoff seed with a 64-47 win over Ridge View. It was not an easy task. The fired-up Blazers went on a 20-7 run in the second quarter to carry a 30-19 lead into the halftime break. But in the second half, it was all Spring Valley.
The Vikings (22-0, 10-0) restored order with a 27-10 surge in the third quarter and put it away with am 18-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Asia Dozier had a big game for SV, scoring 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting to go along with six assists and three steals. Xylina McDaniel had another strong outing, as well, with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Shaquita Walker stepped up to contribute 13 points, five assists and six steals.
Spring Valley can officially nail down the outright region championship with a Tuesday win at home against Blythewood.
Nikia Squire (19 points), Elizabeth Styles (15) and Alexus Johnson (10) paced Ridge View’s spirited performance. The Blazers (12-5, 6-4) close out the regular season with road games next week at Lugoff-Elgin and Blythewood.
Region 4-4A girls standings
Spring Valley 10-0, Dutch Fork 8-2, Ridge View 6-4, Blythewood 5-5, Irmo 3-6, Lugoff-Elgin 2-8, Richland NE 0-9.