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Lady Knights get first win of season

Spring Valley sweeps L-E

Posted: January 26, 2013 10:21 a.m.
Updated: January 28, 2013 5:00 a.m.

After having opened the season with 17 consecutive losses, the North Central girls’ basketball team snapped a skid of more 19 games, dating back to last February, with a 51-37 win over visiting Pelion on Friday night inside The Castle in Boonetown.
The victory gave Mitch Lowder’s charges a 1-6 record in Region 3-AA play.
The Lady Knights trailed, 12-9, after a first quarter in which a pair of Morgan Bass 3-point jumpers kept the hostesses in the ballgame.
NC used a 10-8 second quarter advantage to head into the locker room behind by a 20-19 deficit. Brianna brown scored half of her teams’ points in the second stanza.
The third quarter belonged to the Lady Knights as they exploded for 18 points while limiting the Lady Panthers to eight in building up a 37-28 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Brown, Bass and junior center Haley Thomas, who led all scorers on the night with a season-best 19 points, combined for all 18 NC points with Brown scoring eight while Bass and Thomas had five points each.
Thomas took over in the post for the winners in the fourth quarter as she poured in 10 of the Lady Knights’ 14 points as NC pulled away from its guests. Thomas knocked down five of her six free throw tries in the final stanza.
Thomas, Brown and Bass accounted for all of North Central’s 51 points with Thomas’ 19 leading the way. Brown was next with 17 followed by Bass with 15 points.
Knights inch closer to locking up a playoff berth: The North Central boys moved into a third-place tie in the Region 3-AA standings with a 62-57 win over Pelion.
The victory gave Andy Johnson’s troops a 3-4 record in conference play, tying the Knights with Columbia which fell to league-leading Keenan, 70-60, on Friday. NC all but assured itself a slot in the AA state playoffs in sweeping Pelion.
The Knights have a chance to lock up third place by themselves as they travel to meet an Eau Claire team, which NC handled the first time around, on Tuesday before returning to the Capital City on Friday to take on Columbia in a game which will certainly have post-season implications.
Demons upended by Spring Valley: Senior Dominique Taylor and sophomore Perry Dozier Jr. scored 21 points each as visiting Spring Valley handed Lugoff-Elgin a 75-52 loss in a Region 4-4A boys’ basketball game played Friday night inside the Demons Den.
The defeat to the eighth-ranked 4A team in the state left the hosts with an 0-6 mark in conference play.
Senior Dre Scott led the way for Derek Belton’s Demons with 11 points while classmate Michael Sumpter was next with 10. Seniors Bobby Gary, William Grant and Stephan Hunter were next with nine, eight and seven points, respectively.
Lady Vikes roll past Lugoff-Elgin: Spring Valley, the fourth-ranked girls’ team in the state 4A ranks jumped to a 12-4 first quarter lead over host Lugoff-Elgin and never looked back in racing to a 60-23 win over the Lady Demons.
The setback left Von Duncan’s girls with an 0-6 mark in Region 4-4A play.
Junior guard Samantha Jean paced L-E with seven points while senior guard Dahiana Rodriguez was next with six points.

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