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CHS closes in on playoff spot after win over Lakewood

Posted: February 2, 2012 11:56 a.m.
Updated: February 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

After his team lost to Hartsville last Friday night, Camden High boys’ basketball coach Ron McKie said his team needed to sweep its next two games in order to have a good chance of returning to the AAA state playoffs.
Well, the Bulldogs are halfway there.
On Tuesday, Camden used a 48-40 win over host Lakewood to improve to 3-5 in Region 6-AAA play.  Tonight, the Dogs host a Marlboro County which is 2-6 in 6-AAA play.
CHS placed three players --- Josh Council, Jamari Ferguson and Delton Bradford --- in double figures, all with 10 points. Dashon Tucker was next with seven points for the Dogs.
Playoff scenario: With a win over visiting Marlboro County tonight, Camden will wrap up a spot in the AAA state playoffs as, at least, the fourth seed from Region 6-AAA.
With two games left in league play, Darlington tops the circuit with an 8-0 record followed by, in order: Hartsville (7-1), Crestwood (4-4), Camden (3-5), Marlboro County (2-6) and Lakewood (0-8).
Lady Bulldogs fall to Gators: Trailing host Lakewood, 24-20, at halftime, the Camden girls were able to convert on just one shot from the field in the third quarter of what turned out to be a 53-37 LHS victory.
The loss dropped Natalie Jeffcoat’s squad to 2-6 in Region 6-AAA play.
“We played them pretty evenly in the fourth quarter,” Jeffcoat said, “but we couldn’t overcome that bad third quarter.”
Sophomore forward Quasha Jefferson led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points. Sophomore guard Sharneece Gary scored 12 of her 14 points during a first half in which she knocked down four 3-point baskets for Camden.
Playoff scenario: With two games left in Region 6-AAA play, the Lady Bulldogs find themselves on the outside looking in for the playoff race. The Lady Bulldogs need, at least, a split in their final two games --- with Marlboro County and Darlington --- in order to have a shot at returning to the post-season.
Here are the standings in Region 6-AAA: Crestwood and Marlboro County (7-1), Lakewood (5-3), Hartsville (3-5), Camden (2-6) and Darlington (0-8).
Demons edged by Tigers: When Lugoff-Elgin traveled to meet Blythewood on Jan. 10, the host Tigers pounded the Demons, 66-29.
Things were much closer Tuesday night inside the Demons Den as the hosts nearly pulled off the upset and snapped their skid in Region 4-4A play. In the end, however, it was the visiting Tigers who held on for a 66-64 victory.
The loss dropped Derek Belton’s troops to 0-10 in conference play.
The Demons missed an attempted dunk and a pair of free throws down the stretch which could have possibly changed the outcome of the contest.
Bobby Gary led the Demons with 14 points and 14 rebounds while A.J. Timmons was next with 12 points to go along with four steals and as many rebounds. Oran Smith added to points and dished out seven assists for the hosts who were 6-for-14 from 3-point range while draining eight of their 12 free throw attempts.
L-E girls come up short: Blythewood pulled away from Lugoff-Elgin as the visiting Tigers outscored L-E, 30-21, in the second half to take home a 49-33 victory on Tuesday night inside the Demons Den.
The loss gave Von Duncan’s charges a 2-8 record in Region 4-4A competition.
Senior guard Aneka Dixon led the Lady Demons with 11 points while senior forward Cady Murphy added eight.
Lions roar past North Central: What was an already a thin margin for error became even tighter for the North Central boys basketball team following Tuesday’s 53-35 loss to Lewisville in a game played in Richburg.
The Knights slipped to 1-6 in Region 3-A play after falling to Larry Davis’ squad for the second time this season.
LHS led, 9-2, after the first quarter and carried a 24-11 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Lions maintained their 13-point cushion, leading 38-25, heading into the game’s final eight minutes of play.
NC made just 16 of its 60 shots from the field. The Knights were 6-for-19 from the free throw line in losing for the sixth time in their last six starts.
Playoff scenario:  With three games left to be played in the Region 3-A season, the Knights find themselves sitting tied for fifth in conference play, along with Chesterfield with identical 1-6 records.
Great Falls, the state’s top-ranked team, leads the conference with a 7-0 record followed by Lewisville and C.A. Johnson, both 5-2. McBee (2-5) sits in fourth place followed by North Central and Chesterfield.
Lady Knights get a sweep: Needing a win to stay in the thick of the Region 3-A playoff hunt, the North Central girls improved to 2-5 in league action following Tuesday night’s 33-30 win over homestanding Lewisville.
The victory gave Mitch Lowder’s girls a sweep of their two-game season series with the Lions.
Playoff scenario: With three games left to be played in the Region 3-A season, the Lady Knights are tied for the fourth and final playoff slot along with Great Falls, which is also 2-5 in league play.
C.A. Johnson sits atop the standings with a 7-0 mark followed by, in order, McBee (6-1), Chesterfield (4-3), Great Falls and North Central (2-5) and Lewisville (0-7).
Tonight’s games: Camden will stay at home tonight to host Marlboro County in a 6 p.m. doubleheader on the Mike Culp Court. Lugoff-Elgin hits the road to take on Irmo in a Region 4-4A action starting with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. while North Central continues its late-season road swing as the Knights and Lady Knights will head to Columbia to take on C.A. Johnson for a pair beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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