High School Sports

January 22, 2013

Notebook: 5-4A basketball

Lexington hosts White Knoll to close out the first half. Dutch Fork girls keepowing down opponents.

Lexington hosts White Knoll on Tuesday in the final round of the first half of the Region 5-4A boys basketball campaign.

The host Wildcats enter the game in a three-way tie for first place with Aiken and South Aiken at 3-1, while the Timberwolves are just off the pace with a 2-2 conference record. In the girls opener, Lexington (1-3) and White Knoll (0-4) are looking for wins to rekindle their flickering playoff hopes.

Lexington’s boys rebounded from a 58-42 loss to Aiken to close out last week with a rousing 73-44 win over Dutch Fork. Nelson Spence (17 points), Nygel Gates (16) and Maverick Bishop (14) led the double-digit scoring parade.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Fork girls (18-0, 4-0) continue to mow down opponents. The defending state champion Silver Foxes, who host North Augusta tonight, added White Knoll (78-23) and Lexington (76-41) last week.

Alaina Coates hit Lexington for 31 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists, after going for 20 points and 11 boards against White Knoll. The 6-foot-5 all-state center is averaging 18.9 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.

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