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NC set to host Stallions in key 4-AA battle tonight
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North Central tuned up for tonight’s showdown with visiting Lee Central by knocking off Chesterfield, 60-37, in a Region 4-AA boys’ basketball game played Tuesday night inside The Castle in Boonetown.

The victory gave Kerry Hayes’ troops a 7-2 conference record and 12-5 overall mark while the visiting Golden Rams fell to 2-7 in conference play.

Tonight, Lee Central comes to Boonetown for the final regular season home game of the year for the Knights, who will honor eight seniors as part of Senior Night ceremonies.

The visiting Stallions will come into tonight’s game sporting an 8-1 record in 4-AA play with their only loss coming in overtime to Central. In the first meeting with North Central in Bishopville, Lee Central came away with a 66-50 victory.

Should NC win tonight, it would move into a first place tie in the seven-team circuit with two conference games left. The Knights have road games with Lewisville and Buford next Tuesday and Friday while Lee Central has home dates with Buford and Andrew Jackson on tap next week.

As for the win over Chesterfield on Tuesday, the Knights knocked down 27 of their 34 free throws to keep the Golden Rams at bay.

Senior center Tyrek Jenkins led the hosts with 16 points while classmates Markell Portee and Avante’ Reynolds were next with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Lady Knights cruise: The North Central girls moved closer to securing a spot in the AA state playoffs with a 61-32 victory over Chesterfield.

David Dawson’s squad improved to 4-5 and moved into fourth-place in Region 4-AA which has five postseason spots available. NC is 7-10 overall.

The Lady Knights raced to a 10-2 lead after one quarter on Tuesday before extending that margin to 30-11 at halftime. The hostesses carried a healthy 37-18 cushion into the final stanza.

Senior guard Kali Tomlin led the way for the Lady Knights with 22 points while junior guard Peyton Holley was close behind with 21.

Lugoff-Elgin drops pair at Spring Valley: Lugoff-Elgin returned home from Tuesday’s doubleheader at Spring Valley with a pair of conference losses.

In the opener, the Lady Demons trailed, 29-1, after one quarter to the defending 5A state champion hostesses in a 90-18 loss.

Von Duncan’s squad fell to 4-18 on the season and 0-6 in Region 4-5A play.

The Lady Demons were led in scoring by seven points from junior guard Brooke Grant and three from sophomore guard Mikiah Duncan.

In the boys’ game, the host Vikings stopped L-E, 59-41.

The loss dropped Garrett Knight’s squad to 0-6 in Region 4-5A play.

Sophomore guard Josh Gary led the scoring for the guests with nine points while senior forward Austin Shilhavy was next with eight. Senior forward Zarrius Salmond led the Demons by pulling down 14 rebounds.

Tonight’s games: In addition to tonight’s important game in Boonetown between visiting Lee Central and North Central, both Camden and Lugoff-Elgin have home dates this evening.

Camden, whose boys can still finish second in Region 4-AA, play the second of a three-game homestand against visiting Chester. Lugoff-Elgin returns to the Demons Den tonight to take in Irmo in the annual Pink Out game to combat breast cancer as fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games.

In all three cases, the girls’ game tips things off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest.