TUESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL - Airport girls fall to North Augusta
The Airport girls' basketball team looked to upend defending 3-time Class 4A champion North Augusta and move into a 1st place tie in Region 4-4A.
In was a season-low of points for both teams, the 2nd ranked Lady Yellow Jackets came away with the 27-12 win.
P'eris Smith scored 10 points and Kiana Lee added 8 to lead North Augusta (20-2, 7-0), who posted its 42nd consecutive region win. The last region loss came at the hands of Lexington on Jan. 8, 2016.
Airport had a 2-0 lead when North Augusta captain Teondra Brigham injured her right ankle. She did not return, but the Lady Yellow Jackets scored 10 unanswered points to take a 10-4 lead into the lockerroom.
A 3-pointer by Caleigh Corbitt brought Airport to within 10-7 in the 3rd quarter. The Lady Yellow Jackets then scored 11 unanswered points to take a 21-7 lead into the 4th quarter.
Corbitt had 7 points to lead the Lady Eagles (15-7, 5-2), who play host to Aiken Friday.
River Bluff 72, Dutch Fork 64
Japonica Wilson had 24 points and Samira Khalil added 20 as the Lady Gators moved back into a 1st place tie with Lexington in Region 5-5A.
River Bluff (13-8, 4-1) led 38-28 at halftime before Dutch Fork cut the lead to 54-53 going into the 3rd quarter. Samara Brennan scored a game-high 25 points for the Lady Silver Foxes, who outscored the Lady Gators 25-16 in the 3rd quarter.
Maia Brown had 13 points and Kori Peterman finished with 11 for Dutch Fork (8-12, 2-4).
River Bluff plays host to Chapin on Friday, while the Lady Silver Foxes visit Lexington.
Irmo 59, Blythewood 24
Lady Yellow Jackets' head coach Monica Williams posted her 403rd career win as her 2nd ranked remained undefeated in Region 4-5A.
Jayla Lovett led Irmo (18-3, 6-0) with 16 points, followed by Ehrial Wagstaff with 14 and Maliyiah Mason with 11.
The Lady Yellow Jackets next plays host to Lugoff-Elgin Friday.
South Aiken 42, Brookland-Cayce 38
The Lady Bearcats (1-13, 0-7) travel to Midland Valley Friday.
River Bluff 34, Dutch Fork 33
Landon Stills' jumper 4 seconds left lifted the Gators to the upset win over the 9th ranked Silver Foxes.
River Bluff rallied from 4 points down to take a 32-30 lead with 1:10 left on a Josh Crenshaw jumper. As the Gators looked to run out the clock, Dutch Fork's A.J. Knight stole the pass and headed to the basket for a layup.
Green's shot was blocked, but Jarvis Green made the putback as he was fouled by Crenshaw. He converted the free throw to give the Silver Foxes the lead.
Following a timeout, Still took the inbounds pass. Driving from center court, Still dribbled past Jarvis McClurkin, made a spinning move at the free throw line and nailed the game-winner for his team-high 10th point of the game.
Dutch Fork's final possession saw Green, who had a game-high 12 points, miss a driving jumper and he was tied up at the buzzer.
River Bluff (16-6, 3-2) will play its final regular season home game Friday against Chapin. Dutch Fork (15-7, 4-2) travels to Lexington.
Irmo 58, Blythewood 55
C.J. Washington and Khari Felder each scored 14 points and Dylan Williams added 13 as the 2nd ranked Yellow Jackets remained undefeated in Region 4-5A.
After an early lead, Irmo trailed as many as 6 points in the 1st half. It finally pulled ahead with 2:55 left in the game on a jumper by Williams.
He made 2 free throws with 42 seconds left to push the Yellow Jackets' lead to 57-53. A basket by Blythewood and free throw by Juice Keitt accounted for the game's final points as the Bengals' game-tying attempt fell short.
Irmo (19-3, 6-0) plays host to Lugoff-Elgin Friday.
Gray Collegiate 90, C.A. Johnson 34
Since losing to Columbia 88-81 on Jan. 10, the top-ranked and 2-time defending Class 2A champion War Eagles have not dropped a single game.
On Tuesday, they extended their winning streak to 7.
Tauris Watson led Gray Collegiate (18-6, 5-1) with 14 points and Montraivis White and Chase McDuffie each had 10 points.
The War Eagles will look to wrap up the Region 3-2A title Friday against Calhoun County at Allen University.
South Aiken 62, Brookland-Cayce 55
The Bearcats (11-12, 1-6) play host to Midland Valley Friday.
S.C. BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TOP 10 RANKINGS
6. Wade Hampton (G)
7. Fort Dorchester
8. Ashley Ridge
9. Dutch Fork
1. Gray Collegiate
2. Christ Church
3. Lee Central
4. North Charleston
5. Whale Branch
7. East Clarendon
8. Andrew Jackson
10. Southside Christian/Calhoun County
3. Goose Creek
6. TL Hanna
8. Rock Hill
10. J.F. Byrnes