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County squads come up empty

Posted: January 6, 2011 1:39 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Speedy Johnson and the Camden Military Academy basketball team’s Tuesday went from bad to good and in the end, back to bad.

The final outcome of a see-saw evening was an 82-47 loss to visiting Great Falls. The game was the first for the host Spartans since defeating Hammond on Dec. 1, which was CMA’s third win in a row after opening the season with a loss to Great Falls.

CMA’s evening started on a sour note when a pair of starters showed up late for practice. One of the two sat out the entire first quarter with the other not seeing playing time until the second half. With both players watching from the bench, though, the Spartans (3-2) scored the game’s first nine points before the Red Devils (9-2) scored the next 11 to take an 11-10 lead into the second quarter.

GF carried a 27-22 lead into the locker room at halftime, only to return and score 31 points in the third quarter to take a commanding 58-31 lead into the game’s final eight minutes.

"We were right there at halftime," Johnson said of the five-point deficit his team faced at intermission. "But we ran out of gas after that."

Johnson took the blame for his team’s "not being ready to play" and turning the ball over 27 times. But he also said the Spartans did not capitalize on their play on the defensive end and under the boards.

"The thing about this game was," Johnson said, "is that we had 10 steals and 33 rebounds. Anytime you have that many steals and rebounds, you should win the ballgame.

"This is my fault, though, for not having our team ready to play. Hopefully, we’ll be a better basketball when we play Heathwood Hall (on Wednesday night.) We have to go out there and play our game. We just can’t show up and expect that we are going to win without doing what it takes for us to win."

Johnson added that he was disappointed with his team’s post-game demeanor after losing to the Red Devils for the second time in as many starts this season.

"I’m disappointed, but I’m not frustrated," he said. "We just need to take a little more pride in ourselves when we play a team that beat us the first time. But we’ll come back; we’ll get better."

Bobby Gary of Lugoff led CMA with 16 points while teammate John Cornette went for 10 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Holbert, Giovanni Arrindell and Stephen Thomas added eight, seven and six points, respectively.

Dutch Fork drops L-E:

Homestanding Dutch Fork scored 97 points in both the boys’ and girls’ games in taking both ends of a Region 4-4A doubleheader with visiting Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday.

In the boys’ contest, the Silver Foxes toppled L-E, 97-46.

Derek Belton’s charges fell to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in conference play with the defeat. Jo Jo Pellegrino led the guests with 18 points while Kevin Fields was next with six.

Dutch Fork opened the night by beating the L-E girls, 97-23.

Von Duncan’s Lady Demons fell to 1-2 in league play.

Aneka Dixon led L-E with seven points followed by six from Caressa Samuel.

Wednesday, the Lady Demons fell to South Florence, 56-50, in a non-region game.

Dixon led L-E with 17 points followed by Samuel with 13 and another 10 from Dahiana Rodriguez.

Tonight’s games:

Camden opens Region 4-AAA play at Crestwood. Lugoff-Elgin stays on the road, taking on Irmo, both at 6 p.m. CMA is at Charlotte Country Day.

North Central has the night off.

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