With senior all-state guard Tiara Knotts in the lineup for the first time this season, the A.C. Flora girls beat Chester 60-43 in Region 4-3A action on Tuesday.
Knotts, who suffered a knee injury during the summer, scored 13 points to share team scoring honors with Kim Roach. Jasmine Stubbs chipped in 10 points and Alexis Jacobs contributed eight. Micah Wessinger tossed in a game-high 20 points for the Cyclones, who dropped their second region game in a row.
The Falcons (11-7, 3-2) moved into a three-way tie for second place in the region behind front-running Lower Richland. With Knotts back in the ACF fold, the Falcons figure to be very much in the hunt for at least a second-place region finish and a home date in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
The ACF boys also improved to 3-2 in region play with an 80-69 win in the nightcap. Senior Kvahn Pennix fired in 31 points, and had double-digit support from juniors Marquise Simuel (12) and junior Akeem Williams (10).
Pennix, who tallied 25 points in 79-68 region win vs. Lugoff-Elgin on Friday, is averaging 17.8 points in region play. Simuel is next at 11.0 ppg in conference games with Williams at 9.2 ppg. Sophomore Toby Cassels and senior Cam Hart both stand at 6.8 ppg in region play.
The Falcons are 6-14 overall.