High School Sports

Irmo hands Blazer girls first loss of the season

Irmo handed Ridge View its first loss of the girls basketball season on Tuesday night, downing the Blazers 50-45.

The host Yellow Jackets (4-1) trailed RV 24-23 at halftime, but put on what proved to be a decisive 16-7 burst in the third quarter. Brianna Stanton, who was averaging just 4.8 points a game in the first four games, led Irmo with 15 points and Sarah Green was right at her season average with nine points.

It’s a good thing Stanton stepped up because team scoring leaders Brooke McCants and Ta’rea Yates had off nights. McCants and Yates both average 11 points a game, but this time McCants was a bit off with eight points, while Yates managed just three.

Irmo opened the season by winning the Claw Classic championship at Chapin for the second year in a row. Yates was named the tournament MVP, while McCants and Green made the all-tournament team.

Destiny White scored a season-high 15 points for Ridge View (4-1), raising her season scoring average to 9.2 ppg. Shaniqua Whitley tallied a season-high 12 points to up her scoring average to 9.0 ppg.

The Blazers return to action Friday against Calhoun County in St. Matthews, while Irmo is off until Dec. 12 when it gets another crack at Spring Valley. The Vikings handed Irmo its lone setback of the season, 82-38, on Dec. 2.