Irmo’s girls basketball team broke out of a four-game losing streak in a big way on Tuesday night, defeating defending Region 5-4A champion and state runner-up Orangeburg-Wilkinson 53-48 in the region opener for both teams.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 2 in the Class 4A preseason coaches poll, improved to 4-4 overall with the solid road win. Irmo opened the season with three wins on the way to winning the A.C. Flora Tip Off Tournament, but came into conference play on a down note after being swept by No. 1 Spring alley and Ridge View in its first four regular season outings.
The Jackets got off to a sluggish start in Orangeburg, but cut the Bruins lead to 22-21 at the break by scoring the final seven points of the first half. Irmo them took command with a 17-10 run in the third quarter. O-W made a late bid, but Briana Stanton’s 3-point play with 1:31 to go put the verdict on ice.
Sarah Green led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points, and received solid support from Brooke McCants (15) and Stanton (11). Green entered the game averaging 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds a game, while McCants was at 10.7 ppg.
In other conference outings of note, Dutch Fork (5-2) rolled by North Augusta 57-43 at home, but Lexington (7-1, 1-1) faltered for the first time this season at Aiken.
Alaina Coates fired in a game high 23 points to pace the Silver Foxes in their conference opener. Donesha Shuler (15) and Shelby Curtis (11) provided double-digit backing.
Aiken jumped on the Wildcats early, and never let up. The Green Hornets used an 11-1 run in the final 4:30 of the opening frame to build a 16-7 lead entering the second quarter and breezed to a 45-29 win.
Ironically, Lexington’s Morgan House, who accounted for more than half of the Wildcats production, was the only double-figure scorer in the game with 15 points. The House total included three 3-pointers.