With Spring Valley sitting out with a bye, Dutch Fork had the Region 4-4A girls basketball spotlight to itself on Tuesday. The Silver Foxes improved to 12-0 overall, 3-0 in region play with an easy 97-23 win over Lugoff-Elgin.
Alaina Coates out-scored the entire L-E team, ringing up a season high 37 points. Donnesha Shuler joined in the fun with 20 points, Shelby Curtis added 11, Sierra Stokes scored 10 and Audra Snipe added eight.
The Silver Foxes closed out the 2010 portion of the schedule with a come-from-behind 66-54 win over 3A powerhouse Myrtle Beach in the championship game of the Taco Bell Classic.
In other region games on Tuesday, Blythewood nipped Irmo 28-26 and Ridge View blasted Richland Northeast 52-30.
There were no double-digit scorers to be found at Blythewood, but the host Bengals squared their region record at 1-1 with the defensive triumph. Irmo’s Jessica Gathers took game scoring honors with nine points, but the Yellow Jackets now stand at 0-3 in conference games.
At Ridge View, the only double-figure producer was RNE’s Sherees Rose (13 points). But that didn’t keep the Blazers from improving to 8-2, 2-1. Victoria Marshall (9 points), Shanika Johnson (8) and Elizabeth Styles (7) paced the balanced Blazers performane.
The Cavaliers are in a major slump, losing eight of their last night games to fell to 5-10 overall, 0-2 in the region.
Spring Valley (13-0) returns to action with a non-region outing at home tonight against Aiken. The Vikings are riding high after winning the prestigious Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational championship prior to Christmas. Asia Dozier was named the tournament MVP, Xylina McDaniel named the all-tournament team and Briana Robinson received the individual sportsmanship award.
The Vikings return to region play on Friday at home against Ridge View. In other games, Blythewood is at RNE and Lugoff-Elgin plays at Irmo with the winner escaping the region cellar.