Lexington and White Knoll both pulled off Region 4-4A basketball sweeps in Tuesday.
Lexington scored a 78-43 win over the visiting Bruins in the nightcap after the girls secured a 60-38 verdict in the opener.
Sage Van Wyk scored 19 points to lead the way for the Wildcats boys, who improved to 20-5 overall and maintained its one-game lead over Aiken with one game left in the regular season. Shaq Roland (18 points), Brandon Adams (13) and Joby Glymph (10) lined up min support of Van Wyk.
Janai Pinckney and Laura Beth Neal paced the Lexington girls with 22 and 17 points, respectively. The Wildcats, of course, are ineligible for the region championship and a state playoff berth because of a preseason practice violation, but the team has stayed focused the entire season. The season record stands at 12-4, and the region mark, though unofficial, is 7-2 – second best behind first-place North Augusta.
The big news for White Knoll at South Aiken on Tuesday was the 46-26 win by the girls team. It was the first region win in nine tries for the Timberwolves. Chelsea Joseph scored 16 points and Kiara Keisler added 12 as White Knoll (4-19, 1-8) ended a 12-game losing streak. The verdict also allowed the T-Wolves to pull tie South Aiken for fifth place in the standings. The fifth place team gets the region’s fourth playoff invitation because of Lexington’s ineligibility.
Xen Singleton led the WK boys scoring parade with 22 points, followed by Quinton Creed (13), Keith Jumper (13) and Julian Johnson (11). The Timberwolves, who close out the regular season at Lexington on Friday, improved to 18-6 overall, but can finish no higher than third place in the final region tabulations.
Region 5-4A boys standings
Lexington 8-1, Aiken 7-2, White Knoll 6-3, North Augusta 4-5, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 1-8, South Aiken 1-8.
Region 5-4A girls standings
North Augusta 8-1, Lexington 7-2, Aiken 5-4, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 5-4, White Knoll 1-8, South Aiken 1-8.