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Dogs roll past Griffins, host Chester tonight for first place

Posted: February 1, 2018 11:18 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden tuned up for tonight’s Region 4-AAA boys’ basketball showdown with visiting Chester as the Bulldogs handled Fairfield Central, 68-42, on Tuesday night in Winnsboro.

The win gave Ron McKie and company a 4-1 conference mark heading into tonight’s conference showdown with the Cyclones. Chester (14-4, 5-1 in 4-AAA) won the first meeting on its home court, 68-59, in a game in which Camden (11-6) held the lead early in the fourth quarter.

In sweeping the Griffins, the Bulldogs carried a 35-21 lead into the locker room at halftime before pitching a third quarter shutout to lead, 54-21, heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Senior guard Devin Martin led the visitors with 18 points while senior forward Donovan Belton added 14 for the Dogs who have won seven of their nine games since the start of the new year.

In the girls’ contest, region-leading Fairfield Central handed the Lady Bulldogs a 40-32 setback.

The loss dropped Camden to 8-7 on the season and, more importantly, to 2-3 in league play.

Natalie Jeffcoat’s charges, which trailed 25-19, at intermission were led by senior guard Amber Hadden with 12 points while classmate Venus Sumpter added nine.

L-E stalled in Darlington: On a night in which Darlington High School and the community honored retiring boys basketball head coach Ken Howle for 40 years of teaching and coaching, the host Falcons gave Howle one last present on Tuesday with a 64-45 win over visiting Lugoff-Elgin.

The victory, which gave the hosts a sweep over the Demons, put DHS tied atop the Region 6-4A standings along with Lakewood with identical 4-1 conference records. L-E (15-5) is tied with Hartsville at 3-3 while Crestwood sits at 0-6.

L-E, which fell to Darlington in overtime, 74-71, two weeks earlier inside the Demons Den, trailed 30-19 at halftime.

Seniors Bradwin Salmond and Kevon Roberson led the way for Garrett Knight’s squad with 15 points each. 

The Darlington girls kept Lugoff-Elgin searching for its first 6-4A win of the year as they knocked off the Lady Demons, 52-19.

Road unkind to North Central: Cheraw used 35 points from Jalen Coit and downed visiting North Central in a Region 4-AA boys’ game played Tuesday night.

The loss dropped Kerry Hayes’ Knights to 3-5 in conference play --- good for fifth place ---, while the Braves improved to 6-4 in 4-AA action.

Freshman guard Avante’ Reynolds led the Knights with 17 points in the loss.

Cheraw kicked off the doubleheader in girls’ action as the Lady Braves stopped North Central, 56-42.

The loss was the seventh in eight conference game for first year NC head coach David Dawson’s charges.

The Lady Knights led, 14-8, after one quarter before Cheraw used a 23-7 surge in the second quarter to carry a 31-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. NC cut the deficit to 33-29 heading into the fourth stanza only to be outscored, 21-13, in the game’s final eight minutes of play.

Tonight’s games: Camden will be back on the Michael G. Culp Court tonight when Chester comes into the Dog Pound for a pair of games including the aforementioned boys’ contest. The girls’ game tips things off at 6 p.m.

North Central plays its final road games of the regular season tonight when the Knights and Lady Knights head to Lancaster County to meet Buford in a twinbill which opens with the girls’ game at 6 p.m.

Lugoff-Elgin has tonight off after having traveled to meet C.A. Johnson Thursday night in non-region play.

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