Lower Richland’s girls basketball team officially clinched the Region 5-3A championship with a 54-24 rout of visiting Midland Valley on Tuesday. The red-hot Diamond Hornets (19-3, 11-0) are riding a 12-game winning streak and can close out a perfect region campaign with a win on Thursday at Airport.
Freshman Breshay Johnson tallied 20 points for LR who had 10 players contribute points but no other double-digit producers.
The Lower Richland boys (14-10, 9-2) maintained its one-game lead over Dreher by thumping the Mustangs 65-35. The Diamond Hornets got off to a slow start before rectifying the situation with a 26-5 burst in the second quarter followed by a 20-9 run in the third.
Eric Eaves led LR with 17 points and had solid backing from Chris King and Edward Stephens who scored 10 points apiece.
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Dreher and Airport also pulled off region sweeps on Tuesday.
Quayshun Hawkins scored 20 points, Kevin Branch tallied 14 and Tyler Harris chipped in 10 for the Dreher boys (16-8, 8-3) in a 62-50 conquest of A.C. Flora. The Blue Devils, who have won four in a row, clinched no worse than the region’s No. 2 state playoff seed – thanks to its win over the Falcons and Chapin’s unexpected loss to Airport.
The Dreher girls (14-9, 8-3) dumped Flora 61-48 in the opener as freshman Kaydra Duckett fired in 20 points and Makayla Johnson tallied 10.
Simoy Evans led the ACF girls (14-9, 5-6) with 17 points. The Falcons will be the region’s No. 4 playoff seed. Desmund McDaniel scored 17 points for the Flora boys (4-16. 2-9). Whose season will come to an end on Thursday at home vs. brookland-Cayce.
Airport’s boys (8-12, 5-6) increased its playoff chances with its 53-48 win over Chapin, which ended the region season with a 12-10 overall record and a 7-5, third-place region showing. Ricardo Martin’s 24 points set the tone for Airport, which closes the season at home on Thursday vs. front-running Lower Richland. Brian Kidd and Michael Melvin scored 19 and 18 points, respectively for Chapin.
The Airport girls (18-2, 9-2) smoked Chapin 50-24 as Taylor Vinson pumped in 22 points and Maya McCray contributed 13. Shaleighya Sulton scored 13 points for Chapin, whose season ended with a 2-10 region grade, 8-13 overall.
The race for the girls No. 2 seed comes down to Thursday night’s final region round. Airport hosts Lower Richland, while Dreher travels to take on Midland Valley.
Region 5-3A boys standings
Lower Richland 9-2, Dreher 8-3, Chapin 7-5, Airport 5-6, Midland Valley 4-7, Brookland-Cayce 4-7, A.C. Flora 2-9.
Region 5-3A girls standings
Lower Richland 11-0, Airport 9-2, Dreher 8-3, A.C. Flora 5-6, Midland Valley 3-8, Chapin 2-10, Brookland-Cayce 0-11.