When you have a new coach, sometimes you need to walk before you can run.
Shortly before she got loose for what was a game-winning layin, Kirsten Baker sat on the Lugoff-Elgin bench with an ice bag atop her head following a spill after being fouled with 1:41 left in Tuesday's game against visiting Richland Northeast.
Even though her team's score in Friday's win over rival Camden was nearly identical to that of Tuesday's 58-50 victory over Lancaster, Lugoff-Elgin girls basketball coach Von Duncan said the difference in play and emotion was off the charts.
Like a cold car engine which takes a few tries before starting up, Lugoff-Elgin's Jo Jo Pellegrino coughed and sputtered for the better part of three quarters of Friday's non-region game with rival Camden.
Sometimes, players have a way of making their coaches look prophetic.
In Las Vegas, the main event on the boxing card usually takes to the ring near the 10 p.m. hour.
As steep as the learning curve was for the Lugoff-Elgin football team this past season, it may be an even greater challenge for the Demons' wrestlers, which will open a new chapter in the program's rich history tonight when York and 2009 4A state champion Rock Hill come into the Demons Den.
The Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team will host Rock Hill and York in Wednesday night's season-opening matches. The match was incorrectly printed as a Tuesday night contest in the Chronicle-Independent.
(Note: This article appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 27 edition of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Since then, Wofford College earned a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs. After a first round bye, the Southern Conference entry opens post-season play at Jacksonville State on Dec. 4.)
Staring down at 97 yards and a Lugoff-Elgin defense, which was trying to hold onto a 24-21 lead with less than six minutes remaining in Friday's state class 4A playoff opener, Ashley Ridge quarterback Cameron Cox saw more than green and brown grass in front of him.
Seeing is not believing. Just ask Sumter or several other Lugoff-Elgin opponents from the recently completed regular season.
SUMTER – "It's not how you start, it's how you finish"
How bleak were things for the Lugoff-Elgin football team just two weeks ago when the Demons sported a 2-6 overall and a 1-1 mark in Region 6-4A play following a one-sided loss to Conway?
Forget knocking at the door, Lugoff-Elgin is ready to let itself into the state 4A playoffs … as a possible conference champion.
FLORENCE --- Remember those old Westerns where a card player would deftly sneak an ace into his hand in a poker game?
LEXINGTON --- A slow start by Lugoff-Elgin allowed host White Knoll to race to a 28-7 halftime lead. But a dogged second half by the Demons made for some anxious moments as the Timberwolves hung on for a 35-20 victory over the guests from the West Wateree.
It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.
The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.
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