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Knights, CHS girls upended

Posted: February 15, 2018 11:17 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

And then there was one.

The Camden boys are the only one of the four Kershaw County basketball teams left standing in state tournament play after the first round of action.

Both the North Central boys and the Camden girls lost in their postseason openers on Wednesday and Tuesday nights, respectively.

Gray Collegiate gets past Knights: North Central, the number four seed out of Region 4-AA, fell to Gray Collegiate Academy, 83-44, in Wednesday’s opening round of the AA state boys’ playoffs in a game played at Richland Northeast High School.

The loss capped a 6-17 season for Kerry Hayes and company.

The host War Eagles, the top-ranked team in class AA, led 21-9 after the first quarter and never looked back.

Junior center Tommy Bruner led the hosts with 17 points while junior forward Juwan Gary was next for the winners with 13.

Lady Bulldogs tripped up by Emerald: Receiving a combined 52 points from Tia Durant and Quadijah Moore, host Emerald knocked the Camden girls from the AAA Upper State tournament with a 67-35 win over the Lady Bulldogs on Monday night in Greenwood.

The defeat capped a 10-9 campaign for the Lady Bulldogs who finished third in Region 4-AAA. The winner, the Region 2 runners-up, improved to 20-1 and advanced to Thursday’s second round pairing against Pendleton.

Durant, a guard, led all scorers with 28 points for the Lady Vikings who picked up another 24 from Moore, a six-foot junior forward.

A pair of quick baskets from senior guard Whitley Kahler gave the Lady Bulldogs a quick 4-0 lead in a first quarter which ended with Emerald leading, 14-8. A traditional 3-point play from senior Venus Sumpter midway through the second quarter brought CHS to within 25-19 in a first half which ended with Emerald holding to a 29-19 advantage.

Camden trailed, 29-21, early in the third quarter with freshman Imani Wyatt knocking down a jumper. Emerald’s height and athleticism continued to wear down the visitors, who were still without starting point guard Tiyana Peterson (concussion protocol). The Lady Vikings built their lead to 20 points, 45-25, after three quarters of play before expanding their advantage in the fourth quarter.

For the third consecutive game, Wyatt led Natalie Jeffcoat’s troops with 14 points. Sumter was next with 11 while Kahler finished with six points.

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