Suddenly, things are getting mighty interesting in the race for seedings in Region 4-AA boys’ and girls’ basketball.
With losses to homestanding Lewisville on Tuesday, the North Central boys and girls find themselves in the thick of the hunt as to where they will or, in the unlikely case, not be heading for the postseason.
With Tuesday’s 70-60 loss to the host Lions, the Knights slipped to 7-4 in conference play and into a two-way tie for third place with in the seven-team circuit with Lewisville.
North Central travels to Buford for tonight’s 4-AA and regular season finale to meet the 3-8 Yellow Jackets. NC won the first meeting with Buford, 51-46.
Lee Central has already wrapped up the conference crown with a 10-1 record entering tonight’s home game with second-place Andrew Jackson, which sports an 8-2 ledger in 4-AA.
In their two games with AJ, the NC boys won the first contest by 17 points before droping the second to the Volunteers by eight. That gives Kerry Hayes and company a nine-point edge in head-to-head meetings should the two sides tie for second following tonight’s games.
Against Lewisville, the Knights have a seven-point win and Tuesday’s 10-point loss which gives the Lions the upper hand in any possible head-to-head tie-breaker.
Lewisville ends league play tonight hosting 3-8 Chesterfield.
Lady Lions drop North Central: The North Central girls came out on the short end of a 57-52 decision at Lewisville to fall to 4-7 in 4-AA action.
Kali Tomlin scored 25 points for the Lady Knights while Peyton Holley added 24.
In a seven-team league which will send five teams into the postseason, David Dawson’s Lady Knights are 4-7 in league play which is good for fourth behind Lee Central and AJ, both 10-1, and third-place Buford (8-3) Which hosts NC tonight.
Chesterfield and Lewisville, who meet tonight in Richburg, are tied for fifth with 3-8 records.
NC has split with the two fifth-place teams, holding a 22-point edge over Lewsiville and a 25-point advantage over Chesterfield.
L-E loses 4-5A finale: Blythewood came into the Demons Den on Tuesday and spoiled Senior Night for Lugoff-Elgin by sweeping the Demons and Lady Demons.
Both L-E squads finished with 0-8 conference marks.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Bengals came away with a 50-35 victory.
In the nightcap, Blythewood overcame a career-best 31-point night from L-E sophomore guard Josh Gary to leave with a 70-60 victory.
Demon senior forwward Zarrius Salmond scored 12 points in his final home game.
L-E ends its season tonight with a trip to Columbia High to meet the Capitals in non-region games.