Dutch Fork improved to 4-0 without the services of senior star Alaina Coates with a two-game sweep at the We Are Next Challenge. The defending 4A champion Silver Foxes opened with a 43-34 win on Friday over reigning SCISA champ Pinewood Prep. Balance was the name of the game for the Silver Foxes, who were led by Ky’Aire Daniels (9 points, Zhane Green (8) and Sydney Shull (8). Shull also contributed six rebounds and four steals. On Saturday, DF spotted Ridge View a 14-3 lead in the first quarter before storming back to secure a 53-35 win. The Foxes blew away the Blazers 39-9 in the middle periods beginning with a 25-6 burst in the second quarter. Shull finished with 14 points and five boards, and sophomore Morgan Williams rang up 11 points and eight rebounds. Shull is averaging 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals to date. While Williams (8.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg), Daniels (7.0 ppg), Rose Robinson (7.0 ppg) and Green (6.0 ppg) are offering solid support.
Blythewood went 3-0 last week to run its record to 6-2. The Bengals, who finished second to Lower Richland at the preseason A.C. Flora Tip-Off Tournament, got it going with a 56-46 win over Lancaster behind 23 points by Breelyn Blanding. Blythewood followed with a 59-44 success against Rock Hill on Friday with Blanding scoring 19. The week concluded with a 33-20 win over first-year Westwood. Blanding, a sophomore, is averaging 11.6 points to date, and has been receiving solid help from seniors Aaliyah Keels (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.9 spg) and Kierra Brown (11.7 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.0 spg). The Bengals get another crack at Dutch Fork on Tuesday. DF was a 59-30 winner in the first meeting on Nov. 29.
First-year Westwood completed a season sweep of Richland 2 district rival Richland Northeast with as 57-38 victory on Friday as part of the Palmetto Challenge event. Sophomore Kayla Atkins has the Redhawks star with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Anah Livingston and Stacia Gayton provided double-0digit backing with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Taylor Toney leads the Redhawks (2-3) with an 11.2 scoring average, while Atkins is averaging 8.0 points and 12.2 rebounds.
Irmo enters the new week with a 5-2 record. The Yellow Jackets have won three in a row, including triumphs last week against White Knoll (46-36) and Byrnes (57-41). Briana Baylor and Ke’Asia Jackson tallied 13 points apiece against White Knoll. Jackson also was credited with six assists. Sophomore Olivia Jabber led the way at Byrnes with a double-double – 16 points, 10 rebounds. To date, Jackson is averaging 15.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals. Baylor (11.9 ppg, 3.3 spg) and Jabber (9.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 spg) are the Jackets’ other consistent producers.
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Chapin had a 3-0 week to improve to 5-3 overall. The sweep began with a 45-16 win over Brookland-Cayce, and the fun continued against Airport (36-17) and Mid-Carolina (53-43). Not surprisingly, Shaleighya Sulton was the in the forefront for the Eagles. The junior forward rang up 23 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks vs. B-C, had eight points, six rebounds and nine steals against Airport and posted 26 points and six steals against M-C. Sulton is averaging 19.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.5 steals, 2.6 assists and 2.4 blocks per outing. Senior Dorothy-Faye Swygert (5.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and eighth-grader Hannah Davis (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg) are Sulton’s top backers.
A.C. Flora had a 2-1 week to up its record to 5-3. Senior Kyeshia Dawkins has been the Falcons leader, averaging 17.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Sophomores Haniyyah Howard (10.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Regan Tapp (8.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg) have been the only other consistent ACF producers.