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Knights open region play with 65-63 win over McBee

CHS, L-E swept in conference action

Posted: January 12, 2012 12:05 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Jeremy Fowler’s free throw with 5.3 seconds left in the game gave visiting North Central a 65-63 lead over McBee.
The Knights then held their breath as a last-second 3-point attempt by the Panthers missed the mark at the buzzer in the Region 3-A opener for both teams.
The two-point win gave NC, which entered the game as the state’s ninth-ranked class A squad, a 9-5 overall record.
Rashad Reed led all scorers with a 28-point game for the hosts which fell to NC, 76-48, in a holiday tournament game played in Boonetown on Dec. 29.
This time around, the Knights did not take the lead for the first time until there were a little more than two minutes left in the contest. The guests trailed, 21-14, after one quarter and 35-30 at halftime. McBee maintained its five-point advantage, leading 51-46, heading into the final stanza.
“It was a struggle,” said Knights’ head coach Chad Dixon. “McBee has a great transition offense that we had trouble controlling all night. Reed was a bit part of that, but we ended up overcoming those issues.”
Dixon said the win came as the result of a “total team effort” on a night in which five Knights scored in double figures led by Brady Brister’s 14 points. Sophomore center Kawan Hough had 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Fowler added a dozen points while Justin Black and Thomas Flowers scored 11 points each.
Red Foxes track down Dogs: After having opened the Region 6-AAA season with a win, the Camden boys basketball team saw its conference mark evened after two games following a 66-55 loss to host Hartsville Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (6-4) received a game-best 15 points from sophomore center Delton Bradford with Jamari Ferguson next for Ron McKie’s charges with nine points.
Hartsville won for the second time in as many league starts while improving to 12-4 overall.
Lady Bulldogs fall short: Trailing by 16 points at halftime against Hartsville, the Camden girls rallied to tie the contest in the second half, only to run out of gas down the stretch in a 65-48 loss to the Lady Red Foxes.
The defeat dropped Natalie Jeffcoat’s squad to 0-2 in Region 6-AAA action and 6-4 overall.
“We can’t afford to dig such deep holes,” Jeffcoat said following the setback.
Senior center Chelsea Reynolds posted a double-double for Camden with an 18-point, 10-rebound night. Sophomore forward Quasha Jefferson added eight points and six rebounds while junior point guard Jazzmine Devlin had eight points, seven assists and four steals. Junior Dree Dubose chipped in with six points and three steals for the Lady Bulldogs.
Blythewood runs past Demons: Blythewood handed visiting Lugoff-Elgin a 66-29 loss in a Tuesday night game.
The loss dropped the Demons to 0-4 in Region 4-4A action and 1-11 overall. The win was the first in four conference tries for the hosts.
Senior forward Stephen Hunter led L-E with nine points and nine rebounds. Michael Sumpter was next for Derek Belton’s charges with six points and as many rebounds.
Lady Demons upended: It was a rough night for the Lady Demons in Blythewood as well as Von Duncan and company came out on the short end of a 46-19 decision against the Lady Bengals.
L-E slipped to 2-9 overall and 1-3 in Region 4-4A play. Blythewood improved to 11-4 and 3-1 with the win.
NC girls lose: After winning for the second time of the season with a Friday night victory at Robert E. Lee Academy, the North Central girls fell to host McBee, 64-44, in Tuesday’s Region 3-A opener for both teams.
Mitch Lowder’s squad fell to 2-10 overall with the defeat.
Weekend action: North Central will be the lone Kershaw County basketball team to play a home game tonight when the Knights and Lady Knights host Region 3-A rival Lewisville in a 6:30 p.m. start at The Castle in Boonetown.
Camden will head to Darlington for a pair as will Lugoff-Elgin to Ridge View. Both pairings tip off at 6 p.m. with the girls’ game.
On Saturday afternoon, Region 6-AAA entry Marlboro County comes to town to take on the Camden Military Academy in a 2:30 p.m. varsity contest.

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