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Dogs win Region 4 crown

Posted: February 8, 2018 9:52 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Taking matters into their own hands, the Camden boys’ basketball team left Indian Land with a win and the Region 4-AAA championship on Tuesday night.

Senior guard Devin Martin led three Bulldogs in double figures with 19 points as the visitors knocked off the Warriors, 60-53, to wrap up the conference crown with a game to spare.

Ron McKie’s charges (13-7) improved to 6-1 in 4-AAA play with the victory. The Dogs closed the regular season last night against visiting Columbia.

The guests led, 12-10, after the first quarter and 32-29, at halftime. CHS carried a 41-38 lead into the fourth quarter before scoring 19 points in the final eight minutes of play to spoil the Warriors’ Senior Night festivities.

In addition to Martin’s 19 points, senior guard Cam Jefferson was next with 14 points while senior forward Donovan Belton added 13.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Bulldogs remained in contention for second place --- and a first round home state playoff game --- in Region 4-AAA by upending the Lady Warriors, 51-33.

Natalie Jeffcoat’s squad improved to 4-3 with the victory. Should Camden have defeated Columbia and held the Lady Capitals to less than 37 points on Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs would finish second behind Fairfield Central in the final standings.

Camden jumped to a 9-2 first quarter lead and used a 19-point second quarter to extend that advantage to 27-10 at halftime. The visitors carried a 40-16 lead into the fourth quarter.

For the second straight game, freshman forward Imani Wyatt led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. Sophomore point guard Tiyana Peterson was next with 10 while senior center Kiasia Hayes added nine. Senior guard Amber Hadden added eight points while sophomore forward Victoria Brice was next with six.

North Central swept: Chesterfield and Cherawcompleted season sweeps over the North Central boys with a 46-37 Chesterfield win over the Knights on Tuesday before Cheraw used a layup in the closing seconds to upend NC, 56-54, Wednesday.

NC fell to 4-7 in Region 4-AA play which kept Kerry Hayes and company in fourth place in the seven-team circuit. Central comes to Boonetown for  tonight’s regular season finale.

In the girls’ game, Chesterfield used a 30-point fourth quarter to pull away from the Lady Knights and take the 71-46 win.

The Lady Golden Rams led, 15-6, after the first quarter and 34-25, at halftime before NC (1-9 in 4-AA) closed the gap to 41-37 heading into the fourth quarter of play.

One night later, Cheraw upended NC, 54-45.

NC junior Kali Tomlin led the way with 22 points while  going over the 1,000 career point mark during the game.

 

Playoff outlook: As of press time Thursday, it looked as if all three Kershaw County boys basketball teams and the Camden girls were playoff bound. 

Since some regions still had games to be played, here is how the postseason openers are shaping up. Start times had not been decided:

Camden Bulldogs: By virtue of winning the Region 4-AAA crown, the Bulldogs will open AAA Upper State play at home on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Camden will host the fourth-place finisher from Region 2 which would most likely be Carolina Academy.

L-E Demons: The winner of last night’s game between the Demons and visiting Hartsville will finish third in Region 6-4A with the loser coming in fourth place. In both instances, L-E will be on the road for its opening round pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14. An L-E win Thursday would give it third place and an opening round pairing at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, the runner-up from Region 5. A loss sends them to meet Region 5 champion A. C. Flora.

NC Knights: Here is where things could get messy. The Knights entered tonight’s game with Central sitting in fourth place with a 4-7 mark in Region 4-AA. 

Kerry Hayes’ squad stood a game ahead of Andrew Jackson, Buford and Chesterfield, all of whom sported 3-8 records with one game left in league play. AJ hosts Buford tonight while Chesterfield hosts Cheraw (7-4).

In games against the 3-8 pack, NC swept both AJ and Buford and has two losses to Chesterfield.

The fourth-place finisher from Region 4 will travel to meet Region 3 champion Keenan in the AA Upper State playoffs while the fifth-place finisher in 4-AA heads to the Lower State to meet Region 6 winner North Charleston in AA first round action on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Camden Lady Bulldogs: Should Camden have defeated Columbia and had held the Lady Capitals to less than 37 points, Natalie Jeffcoat’s Lady Bulldogs will finish second in Region 4-AAA and will stay at home for the opening round of the AAA tournament on Monday, Feb. 12, most likely hosting Powdersville, which was in third place in Region 2. The third-place finisher travels to meet the Region 2 runner-up, Emerald/Berea, in their opening round game.

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