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Cheraw edges NC in MCCU title contest

KC holiday hoops tourney wrap-up

Posted: December 31, 2013 11:54 a.m.
Updated: January 1, 2014 5:00 a.m.

After playing tourney host North Central to a 21-21 first half stalemate, Cheraw won the battle of the second half to win the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Basketball Classic boys’ tournament played inside The Castle in Boonetown on Saturday night.
The visiting Braves outscored NC, 27-24, in the final two stanzas to come away with the 48-45 victory.
The Knights (6-3) had the ball with the game tied at 45 with 21 seconds to play, but a turnover led to a Braves’ three-point play which turned out to be the difference in the title contest.
Cheraw led, 11-10, after the first stanza only to see the hosts even things at 21 at the break. The Braves used a 14-10 third quarter run to take a 35-31 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
NC senior center Kawan Hough posted a double-double with a 12-point, 12-rebound night in the championship contest. Junior forward William Jenkins led all NC scorers with 13 points while grabbing six rebounds. Banyon Sullivan added eight points and five caroms while Omar Johnson contributed six points and a rebound.
Johnson represented the hosts on the all-tournament team.
In the consolation contest, Lugoff-Elgin won its first game of the season and first in the Garrett Knight era as the Demons presented their first-year head coach with a 60-46 win over McBee.
L-E junior guard Daniel Quattlebaum was selected to the all-tournament team.
In Friday’s opening round action, North Central punched its ticket into the title game by getting past rival McBee in overtime, 64-58. It marked Andy Johnson’s charges third win in as many meetings this season with the Panthers.
In what was a see-saw game, McBee led, 9-8, after the first quarter and maintained a one-point, 25-24, edge at intermission.
The Knights used a 13-8 run to lead 37-32 after three stanzas only to see the two sides knotted at 53 following a wild fourth quarter of action.
Hough led the scoring and rebounding parade for NC with 18 points and 16 rebounds while Jenkins was next with 17 points and collecting five missed shots. Johnson had an 11-point, one-rebound game with Sullivan scoring nine points with as many rebounds.
In the first game of the evening, Cheraw got past Lugoff-Elgin (1-9) to earn a spot in the title match with North Central.

Knights drop rival Andrew Jackson: North Central prepared for its own tournament by downing visiting rival Andrew Jackson, 71-65, in a game played inside The Castle on Dec. 20.
The Knights opened the fourth quarter on an 18-0 run to break open a game in which they trailed, 53-48, after three quarters of action. NC was on top, 66-53, with three and a half minutes remaining in a contest in which the Volunteers led at halftime by a 36-31 count.
Hough led the way in the emotional win with 21 points while Jenkins and Lamont Frazier added 16 and 11 points, respectively. Sullivan’s 10 points placed four Knights in double figures.

Lady Demons swept in Rock Hill tourney: The Lugoff-Elgin girls’ basketball team lost all three of their games in the Y.C. Winborn Classic played in Rock Hill prior to Christmas.
The Lady Demons (2-9) opened the eight-team event with a 97-32 loss to West Charlotte.
Junior center Shairell Gadson led L-E with 11 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guards Jasmine Sexton and Alyssa Weems were next for Von Duncan’s charges with eight and seven points, respectively.
In second round play, the Lady Demons fell to a powerful Olympic entry out of Charlotte, 90-19, before closing the three-day event with a 67-42 loss to Vance (N.C.).
Freshman Saige McLeod represented the Lady Demons on the all-tournament team.

CHS girls close out tournament play in Santee with a victory: The Camden High girls lost their first two games in last week’s Lake Marion Tournament before returning home from the eight-team event with a  52-38 win over Edisto in Saturday’s seventh-place contest.
Brooke Dixon paced the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points followed by eight from Quasha Jefferson with Audria Brooks next with six points.
Natalie Jeffcoat’s squad opened play last Thursday with a 54-46 loss to Westside.
“We led for much of the game then, we went ice-cold in the fourth quarter,” Jeffcoat said of a final eight minutes in which her team was outscored, 15-5.
Senior guard Sharneece Gary led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points while Audria Brooks and Dixon had eight and six points, respectively.
One night later, Camden ran into a buzzsaw in Dutch Fork and fell to the defending 4A state champions, 64-34.
The Silver Foxes raced to a 24-3 lead after the first quarter and carried a more than comfortable 34-13 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Camden’s best quarter was the fourth in which it scored 15 points.
Treana Perry led the way for Camden (6-5) with seven points. Kentrell Salmond was next with six points followed by four from Dixon.

AJ runs past Lady Knights: After his team lost to Andrew Jackson in their first of three meetings on the basketball court this season, North Central girls’ basketball head coach Mitch Lowder said the Lady Volunteers were the best squad his team had faced thus far and would go a long way in the AA state playoffs.
Lowder’s opinion probably did not change after the second pairing between the two rivals.
Meeting for the second time in eight days, AJ used a 21-2 second quarter run to help pave the way to a 93-25 victory in last Friday’s first round of the Comporium Christmas Classic in Kershaw.
NC trailed, 9-8, after the first quarter before the Lady Volunteers went on their second quarter tear to lead 39-11 at intermission.
Morgan Bass led the Lady Knights, scoring more than half her team’s points, with a 14-point night.
The Lady Knights would lose to Buford in the consolation contest on Saturday afternoon.

Up next: The high school basketball season in Kershaw County resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 7 when Camden heads to Dreher in a Region 4-AAA doubleheader. North Central continues non-conference action with a short trip to meet Andrew Jackson in Kershaw that same night.
Both twinbills begin with the girls’ game at 6 p.m.
Lugoff-Elgin kicks off the 2104 portion of its schedule when the Demons and Lady Demons travel to meet Spring Valley on Friday, Jan. 10 in a 6 p.m. doubleheader which is the Region 4-4A opener for both sides.


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