Lexington earned rewards of varying degrees on Thursday while pulling off a Region 5-4A sweep of neighboring White Knoll.
The Wildcats boys (21-5, 9-1) beat the T-Wolves 61-48 to extended its winning streak to nine games and clinch the region championship. Shaq Roland, who struggled in the first meeting at White Knoll a few weeks ago, hung 23 on the T-Wolves this time to take game scoeing honors. Joby Glymph offered 12 points in support. Quinton Creed hit 14 points for White Knoll (18-7, 6-4).
Lexington and White Knoll open the Class 4A state playoffs on Wednesday – The ildcats at home, the T-Wolves on the road as a No. 3 seed.
There is no playoff berth available for the Lexington girls, who are ineligible for postseason play because of a preseason participation violation. But the Wildcats finished with a strong season with a 75-33 rout of White Knoll
Seniors Jasmine Pinckney and Laura Beth Neal ended their careers on high notes, scoring 21 and 20 points respectively. The Wildcats finished with a 13-4 overall record and an 8-2 mark in region games – just one game off the pace of champion North Augusta. Despite the knowledge that postseason play was not in the offing, Lexington stay focused until the very end – winning its final eight games.
“I am proud of these ladies after being banned from playoffs and then losing a three-year starter and captain to an ACL for bouncing back in the first game of the region season,” said coach David Long. ““They’ve overcame a lot of adversity.”
Region 5-4A boys standings
Lexington 9-1, Aiken 8-2, White Knoll 6-4, North Augusta 5-5, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 1-9, South Aiken 1-9.
Region 5-4A girls standings
North Augusta 9-1, Lexington 8-2, Aiken 6-4, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 5-5, White Knoll 1-9, South Aiken 1-9.