Chapin faltered in its first big test of the Region 4-3A girls basketball season Friday in Chester, falling to the host Cyclones 63-53. Next up for the Eagles is a Tuesday trip to face top-ranked Lower Richland.
“We played OK offensively (at Chester), but we didn’t do a good job in the defensive end,” said Chapin coach Mark Shelley, whose team dropped to 14-3 overall, 2-1 in region matters.
“We have to regroup. We’ve watch tape of Lower Richland, and we know what we have to do. It’s going to come down to execution for us against a very talented team.”
The Eagles were within three points of Chester with three minutes to go, but could not make the final push.
LR (14-1, 3-0) has won seven in a row since seeing its 51-game winning streak come to an end in a loss to a New Jersey team at the Crescent Bank tournament in Myrtle Beach last month.
The Diamond Hornets are averaging 72.7 points a game in region play to date, while allowing the opposition an average of just 26.7. Senior all-state forward Morgan Stroman fired in 26 points in LR’s most recent outing – a 79-35 conquest of Lugoff-Elgin on Friday.
After the Chapin clash, Lower Richland will close out the first half of the 4-3A campaign on Friday at Chester.
Chapin at Lower Richland; Chester at A.C. Flora; Fairfield Central at Lugoff-Elgin.
Region 4-3A girls standings
Lower Richland 3-0; Chester 3-0; Chapin 2-1; A.C. Flora 1-2; Fairfield Central 0-3; Lugoff-Elgin 0-3.