Splits were the name of the game in Region 4-4A basketball on Tuesday.
The No. 1 Spring Valley girls and the top-ranked Irmo boys played up to form in the two games at Tim Whipple court. Spring Valley (16-3, 8-0) blasted the host Yellow Jackets 62-29 before Irmo settle the score in the boys game. Xylina McDaniel (17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists), Asia Dozier (12 points, 5 steals), Shaquita Walker (12 points, 7 steals, 6 assists), Juliette Love (8 points, 6 rebounds) and Kelcee Dozier (8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) all had good games for the Vikings.
At Ridge View, the Blazer boys (12-8, 5-3) salvaged some joy for the home fans after the girls’ game debacle by defeating Dutch Fork 79-60. In all, 13 of the 15 players who got into the fray contributed some points to the cause. Ridge View broke it open in the second quarter with a 24-11 run. Ismail Howard tallied nine of his 11 points during the big move. Seth Coleman was the RV leader with 20 points and Shaheed Robinson joined Coleman and Howard in the double-digit column with 10 points. Chad Jeter scored 20 points for DF (4-11, 2-6).
“I thought our defensive effort and focus in the first half really set the tone,” said RV coach John Combs. “To hold Dutch Fork to 24 points in the first half was a really good job with our team defense. We must continue to focus on getting better as the season winds down.”
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At Lugoff-Elgin, third ranked Richland Northeast (15-4, 6-1) rolled the Demons 65-52 with Kelvin Cruse (14 points), Travis Hammonds (13) and Mike Murphy (11) leading a typically balanced offensive effort. Stephan Hunter and Michael Sumpter tallied 13 and 11 points, respectively, for L-E (1-14, 0-8). In the opener, the host Demons (4-11, 2-6) needed a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter to dispatch RNE (3-16, 0-7). Aneka Dixon paced L-E with 22 points, while Cady Murphy contributed four points and 11 rebounds.