High School Sports

Blazers open Region 4-4A play vs. Rock Hill

When Ridge View begins play in Region 4-4A tonight at home against Rock Hill, two questions will get preliminary answers.

To wit: Are the Blazer boys as bad as their 2-10 record indicates? Are the Blazer girls as good as their 7-2 mark intimates?

Ridge View’s boys have played a demanding schedule, with three games at the Chick-fil-A Classic, two dates against SCISA powerhouse Pinewood Prep and even a trip to play renowned Oak Hill Academy at the top of the list. Closer to home, the Blazers have three losses on the books against Richland Northeast and two against Irmo.

But all the early struggles can be purged by a strong run at a region championship – which was coach John Combs’ point when he lined up the early schedule. The first indication of Ridge View’s true state comes tonight.

The RV girls have split two-game sets against solid teams from Dutch Fork and Irmo, but the Blazers realize the path to a region championship runs through Spring Valley.

Balanced scoring has been the key to success so far. Destiny White leads the team with a 10.8 scoring average, and six other players are averaging at least five points a game – Sherell Cooper (8.4), Shaniqua Whitley (7.9), Nicole Jones (5.9), Akaycia Fulmore (5.1) and Brejahe Martin (5.0). Maya Adams tops off the glass, averaging 7.4 rebounds a game. Martin leads is assists (3.6) and White has the steals lead (2.4)

The Spring Valley girls (11-1) carry a 10-game winning streak into its region opener at Blythewood.