High School Sports

5-4A: Tough night for Midlands teams

On balance, it was a frustrating night for Midlands teams in Region 5-4A basketball on Tuesday.

Other than the Lexington sweep of Richland Northeast, local teams drew a blank. Dutch Fork was swept at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Irmo dropped two games at Aiken and North Augusta claimed two wins over White Knoll.

The big new was the Dutch Fork girls loss at O-W. It was the first region setback for the Silver Foxes, who saw their region lead shaved to a half game over the surging Bruins. O-W, which beat Irmo in overtime on Friday, nipped DF 52-50, scoring the winning points with less than three seconds remaining in regulation.

It was a game of momentum swings. O-W wiped out an eight-point deficit with a 14-0 run in the third quarter, but DF countered with an 8-0 early in the fourth quarter to regain the lead. It was nip and tuck from there. Erin Houston’s free throw with 42 seconds to go tied the score at 50, but it would be DF’s last point of the game. O-W got the winning lay up Janae Simmons off a pass from Shawanda Hanton as time was winding down.

Erika Sumter had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (15-4, 7-2), and Hanton scored 15 points with five assists.

Devin Pearson and Alaina Coates had big games for Dutch Fork (11-4, 7-1). Pearson scored 16 points, going 9-for-10 at the free-throw line. Coates was sensational with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and 17 rebounds.

In the nightcap, the Bruins boys bagged their second region win, 55-54. Tyler Leaphart paced the Silver Foxes (7-8, 3-5) with 17 points and Dante Shuler tallied 14.

Irmo’s girls (12-6, 5-3 slipped back to fourth place after suffering a 44-41 setback at Aiken. The scored was tied at 34 entering the fourth quarter. The host Green Hornets ruled the final eight minutes with a stellar performance at the free-throw line. Aiken cashed 8-of-10 chances at the stripe in the fourth quarter.

Sarah Green’s 14 points topped the Irmo box score, but not other Yellow Jackets finished in double figures. Lexy Williams led Aiken with 16 points. The Hornets moved into soe possession of third place with the win, a half game behind O-W and a half game in front of Irmo.

The Aiken boys built a 43-22 halftime lead, thanks to a 28-11 burst in the second quarter, but had to hold on for the win. The Green Hornets (5-4 in region games) kept pace with North Augusta in second place behind unbeaten Lexington.

The 1-2 punch of Justin Maxwell (27 points) and Demetrius Washington (22) was too much for the Yellow Jackets to withstand. Jordan Roper (16 points), Daniel Hugenin (14) and Robbie Brunson (13) helped Irmo inch back into contention in the second half, but the move took too late to begin. The Jackets (14-4, 4-4) have lost four of their last six games.

North Augusta beat White Knoll’s boy 55-53 in overtime to drop the Timberwolves to 12-8, 3-6. Brandon Curry’s jumped at the buzzer gave the host Yellow Jackets new life in overtime, where Cameron Alston’s runner with 23 seconds left in the extra session proved decisive. It was the second OT setback for WK in the last three games.

Alston finished with 17 points for North Augusta, and Curry rang up 16. Dermaine Smith led White Knoll with 17 points, Bradley Knotts tallied 14 and DeQuan Grooms scored 13.

Region 5-4A girls standings

Dutch Fork 7-1; Orangeburg-Wilkinson 7-2; Aiken 6-3, Irmo 5-3; North Augusta 5-4; White Knoll 3-6; Lexington 2-7; Richland Northeast 0-9.

Region 5-4A boys standings

Lexington 9-0; Aiken 5-4; North Augusta 5-4; Irmo 4-4; Richland Northeast 4-5; Dutch Fork 3-5; White Knoll 3-6; Orangeburg-Wilkinson 2-7.

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