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KC hoop teams endure a tough Tuesday night on the hardwood
ARIYAN MASSEY SCORED SIX points in Camdens 35-30 loss to Chapin. The Lady Bulldogs travel to meet A.C. Flora tonight in Forest Acres. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato

Chapin used a 38-26 second half surge to pull away from visiting Camden to take Tuesday night’s Region 4-AAA boys basketball game, 59-47.

The loss was the sixth in a row for Camden interim head coach Ron McKie Jr. and company which fell to 3-11 overall and 0-5 after the first go ‘round of conference play.

The Bulldogs trailed the hosts, 9-8, after the first quarter before evening things at 21 at halftime.

The Eagles (6-9, 1-4 in 4-AAA) used a 16-12 third quarter advantage to carry a 37-33 edge into a fourth quarter which saw Chapin pad its lead thanks to outscoring the Dogs, 22-14.

Junior guard Taylor Kelly led Camden with 14 points while freshman point guard Devin Martin scored a career-best 11 points in the loss. Junior forward Chad Thomas was next with nine points while senior forward D.J. Wilson chipped in with eight points.



Chapin edges Lady Bulldogs:

The Chapin girls handed Camden a 35-30 loss on Tuesday.

The defeat dropped Natalie Jeffcoat’s squad to 4-11 on the season and 0-5 in Region 4-AAA play.

The Lady Bulldogs, who trailed 18-16 at halftime, were led by six points each from senior guard Treana Perry and junior guard Ariyan Massey. Senior guard Brooke Dixon and senior forward Jalathea McClendon added five points each.



Demons come up short at Ridge View:

After Lugoff-Elgin tied things up at 13 after having opened the second quarter with a basket, host Ridge View went on a first-half closing 24-9 run which helped pave the way for a 75-58 victory over the Demons in a Region 4-4A boys game played Tuesday night in Columbia.

Garrett Knight’s charges saw their overall record evened at 7-7 while dropping to 1-3 in Region 4-4A play.

Leading 37-22 at intermission, the Blazers (9-7, 3-1 in 4-4A) extended their advantage to 61-38 heading into the final quarter of play.

Freshman forward Bradwin Salmond’s 16 points led the way for L-E which also received 11 points from junior guard Vincent Stevenson and eight from sophomore center Elliott Campbell.



Ridge View thumps L-E girls:

It was another long night at the office for the Lady Demons which suffered an 82-20 setback to host Ridge View on Tuesday night.

Tierra Hodge led the way for L-E head coach Von Duncan’s squad with six points while Kristian Wells was next with four.



Eagles soar past Knights:

The North Central boys fell to visiting Central, 62-36, on Tuesday night at the Castle in Boonetown.

The loss dropped Cary Phillips’ Knights to 1-13 overall and 0-6 in Region 4-AA play.

Due to medical and injury issues, the Knights dressed out just eight players for the contest. Things became worse for the hosts after starting point guard Jay Parks picked up his third personal foul in the opening two minutes of the second quarter and was forced to the sidelines.

NC trailed, 14-6, after the first quarter and were down, 25-18, at halftime.

"We got off to our typical slow start with only six points in the first quarter," Phillips said, "but we picked it up a little in the second as it was only a seven-point game at the half."

The Knights were able to cure some of their offensive problems in the second half, but struggled on the defensive end of the floor, specifically, on the boards. The Eagles held a 36-19 edge in rebounding with the guests crashing the glass to collect 13 offensive caroms in pulling away to a 48-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

"We were very passive on offense and didn’t look to attack the basket and put pressure on their defense," Phillips said. "Central’s kids played really hard and gave us fits with dribble drives and then, dumping it off to their big man for easy baskets. They attack the glass with a purpose."

The Eagles wore down the short-handed hosts as the Knights scored just four points in the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Will Jenkins led the way for NC with 12 points while his brother, sophomore center Jeremiah Jenkins, added nine points.

In spite of getting in early foul trouble, Parks ended the night with seven points.

Sophomore Dravon Bethea led the hosts with six rebounds while scoring four points.

"Our kids are hanging in there," Phillips said. "They are having to take all these losses, which I know they don’t like. We are trying to get them to learn from each and every game and not hang their heads because even as bad as we have started, we still have chance at the playoffs if we can make a decent run through the second half of our region schedule. So, they are still fighting hard to get better."



Lady Knights fall to Lady Eagles:

Visiting Central of Pageland used a quick start, taking a 19-8 first quarter lead over North Central, before cruising to a 63-36 victory in a Region 4-AA girls game played in Boonetown.

The loss dropped Mitch Lowder’s Lady Knights to 4-10 overall and 0-6 in conference action.

The visiting Lady Eagles led, 34-13, at halftime and carried a comfortable 50-23 cushion as they entered into the final stanza.



Tonight’s games:

Both Camden and Lugoff-Elgin will be on the road tonight for a pair of conference doubleheaders.

Camden will be at A.C. Flora while L-E heads to Dutch Fork. Both twinbills will open the with girls game tipping off at 6 p.m.

North Central has the weekend off.