Region 4-3A basketball continues with a full slate of boys and girls games on Tuesday. Friday’s opening round produced some interesting results.
Lower Richland pulled off a big sweep at Dreher on Friday and takes on Camden tomorrow in its region homer opener.
The Diamond Hornet girls improved to 11-0 with a 44-40 win over the defending state champion Blue Devils. The LR win ended Dreher’s 29-game instate winning streak and washed away the bitter taste of four losses to the Blue Devils a year ago, one of the setbacks coming in the 3A Upper State championship game.
“We weren’t ready to play at that high a level last year, but this year it’s like we want to take back what’s rightfully ours,” said LR coach Debbie Stroman after the game.
The Diamond Hornets dominated the taller Devils on the boards. Lower Richland’s superior depth was another key factor in the win. Breshay Johnson was the only LR player in double figures, but nine of the 10 players Stroman employed contributed to the scoring.
In the nightcap, the Diamond Hornets, who had a rough transition under new coach Willie Thomas in December, served notice that things are changing with a 61-46 win over the Blue Devils, who entered with a 12-0 record. Insider Vincent Hicklin led the way with 25 points and Marcus Edmond backed him with 14 points.
Camden split with A.C. Flora in its region openers on Friday. The Bulldogs girls trailed by 11 points in the third quarter but went on a 24-0 run to breeze to a 52-38 triumph. Quasha Johnson’s 20 points set the pace for Camden (5-5).
Dreher looks to rebound on the road at Westwood. The first-year Redhawks opened the region campaign with an uplifting sweep of Chapin.
Westwood’s girls (5-7) trailed the Eagle 20-18 at halftime but used a 22-11 run after the break to secure a historic 40-31 victory. Taylor Toney rang up a team high 11 points for the Redhawks, and Samantha Pulley and Kaylah Cohen scored eight points apiece in support. Kayla Atkins managed only two points, but her 22 rebounds and four blocks were vital to the outcome.
Westwood’s boys (5-7) continued its strong recent play with a 56-50 win over Chapin behind a 16-point performance by Antonio Wright. Cameron Grant (10 points), Gerald Vaughn (8) and Adonus Lee (8) provided solid backing.
A.C. Flora hosts Chapin on Tuesday.
The Falcons boys (9-5) averted a sweep at Camden by overpowering the host Bulldogs, 63-48. Sophomore James Murray Boyles led the ACF scoring parade with 21 points, while senior Matthew Howard and sophomore Rion Davis both contributed 17 points to the cause.