Here are some highlights from the Midlands girls basketball scene, Dec. 14:
Dutch Fork (7-0) opened the Region 4-4A campaign with rousing 51-28 win over visiting Ridge View On Tuesday. The Silver Foxes led 31-19 at halftime and held the Blazers to just nine points after the break, two in the fourth quarter Alaina Coates had a monster game for the Silver Foxes – scoring a game high 17 points, pulling down an eye-opening 25 rebounds, blocking five shots and dishing out four assists. Coates received solid backing from Sydney Shull (12 points, 3 assists), Donnesha Shuler (9 points, 4 rebounds) and Sierra Stokes (8 points) Elizabeth Styles paced the Blazers with nine points and five steals Dutch Fork hosts Blythewood on Friday. Ridge View (3-1) plays Irmo at home on Friday after hosting Sumter in a non-region affair tonight.
Spring Valley (8-0) raced to a 23-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and breezed to a 64-18 win at Irmo in the Region 4-4A opener for both teams The Yellow Jackets had no answer for Vikings center Xylina McDaniel, who dominated inside with 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Asia Dozier chipped in 11 points, five assists and four steals, and Juliette Love added 10 points to the cause Jemekia Wilson led Irmo (4-3) with eight points Spring Valley hosts Lugoff-Elgin on Friday. Irmo travels to face Ridge View.
Lugoff-Elgin (4-1) made its official Class 4A debut on Tuesday night at Richland Northeast with a 56-53 Region 4 win over the host Cavaliers Aneka Dixon led the Demons to victory with 15 points and received solid support from, Caressa Samuel (11), Kirsten Baker (10) and Dahiana Rodriguez (8) Sophomore Sherees Rose fired in a game high 26 points for RNE, which fell to 4-5. Lauren Hearon scored 14 points and Sharai Miller added 10 to the Cavs’ total Lugoff-Elgin’s nest challenge is a major one – Friday at Spring Valley. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, will try to halt a three-game losing streak at Keenan in a non-region affair.
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Airport (5-0) launched the Region 5-3A season with a 52-37 win over A.C. Flora on Tuesday Jessica Ellison (16 points), Taylor Vinson (15) and Julisa Muldrow (13) did the heavy damage for the Eagles, who continue region action on Friday at Friday at Midland Valley Flora, meanwhile, saw its six-game winning streak come to a close. The Falcons (8-2) look to rebound in Friday’s road conference outing at Chapin.
Lower Richland (5-2) downed Chapin 46-36 on Tuesday in its Region 5-3A debut Breyshay Johnson and Jasmine Richardson paced the Diamond Hornets with 12 points apiece. Chapin’s Savannah Frick tallied a game high 16 LR takes on city rival Eau Claire tonight at home before return to region matters Friday at home vs. Brookland-Cayce. Chapin (5-3) takes on A.C. Flora Friday at home.
Gilbert continued its fast start on Tuesday, improving to 5-0 with a 56-41 non-region win over Swansea. Kayla Bishop’s 19 points set the tone for the Indians, while Kathryn Cochcroft (15) and Kelsey Hancock (12) offered double-digit backing Sha Davis posted 17 points for the Tigers Gilbert will be out to complete a season sweep of neighboring Pelion in Friday’s rematch at home. The Tribe beat the Panthers 27-22 in the Nov. 30 season opener.
Keenan nosed over the .500 line with an easy 56-25 win over Fairfield Central. The Raiders (3-2) displayed ample balance in the scoring department in the easy triumph. Daisha Eddy and Keirra Robinson led the way with 13 points apiece, while Jocolby Brown and Tia Rankins combined for 17 points The Raiders have a rematch with Richland Northeast at home on Friday. Keenan will be looking to complete a sweep of the Cavaliers after scoring a 45-35 win at RNE on Dec. 9.