While the start of the regular season for Kershaw County high school spring sports teams does not begin until the first week of March, that will not stop at least four programs from getting a head start to their respective campaigns by playing in pre-season tournaments.
Camden's basketball seasons could not have ended in a more frustrating fashion as both the Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs were victims of late-game 3-point shots in Tuesday's doubleheader with visiting Darlington.
After his team lost to Hartsville last Friday night, Camden High boys' basketball coach Ron McKie said his team needed to sweep its next two games in order to have a good chance of returning to the AAA state playoffs.
North Central nearly erased a 16-point fourth quarter deficit, only to come up three points shy of a huge comeback in a 69-67 loss to visiting McBee last Friday night in a Region 3-A boys' basketball game played at The Castle.
Thanks in large part to a 30-point second half, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 46-26 victory over visiting Richland Northeast Tuesday night inside the Demons Den.
Marlboro County used a pair of London Johnson free throws in the final 16 seconds of play to give itself a three-point cushion and would then tack on two more insurance points to hold out visiting Camden, 38-33, in a Region 6-AAA boys' basketball game played on Friday night in Bennettsville.
Turning what was to have been a doubleheader of baseball into, basically, one single game, Kershaw County Post 17 cemented its second-place finish in League III by sweeping Wednesday's pair of games with visiting Manning-Santee.