High School Sports

Wildcats can bag 5-4A title Tuesday at Irmo

Lexington is in position to clinch the Region 5-4A boys basketball championship on Tuesday. The Wildcats can secure their first region title since 2001 with a road win against archrival Irmo.

Bailey Harris’ young team stands at 19-2 overall, 10-0 in the region, while the second place Yellow Jackets are 15-4, 5-4. Lexington pulled out a 50-44 win in the first-half contest.

Lexington has been living on the edge of late, with close, down-to-the-wire Dutch Fork (56-54), White Knoll (43-42), Aiken (54-52), Richland Northeast (34-31) and Orangeburg-Wilkinson (54-49). The Wildcats needed overtime to subdue last-place O-W on Friday on the road.

None of Lexington’s 10 region wins have been by double-digit margins.

Shaq Roland (offense), Tradd Hunter (defense) and William Scurry (sixth man) are the Lexington players of the week. Roland, a freshman who leads the team in scoring at 11 ppg, had 25 points and 13 rebounds in last week’s wins over RNE and O-W. Hunter gained the defense nod by grabbing 24 rebounds in the two games. The senior had no points, but hauled in 17 boards vs. RNE, tallied 20 points with seven caroms against O-W. Scurry has unselfishly accepted his role off the bench of late after being in the starting lineup for most of the season.