Region hoops heat up

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Summerville basketball teams are still in the driver’s seat, but things are heating up in Region 8-AAAA.
Both Green Wave teams clinched at least a share of their respective region titles with a win last week. However both need to take care of business this week if they want sole ownership of the region crown and, more importantly, the top playoff seeding for their region.
The Summerville girls picked up a win in Bluffton Friday to improve to 17-5 with an 8-0 mark in region play. Kwanza Murray scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Lady Green Wave to a 61-32 victory. Zuri Green added 11 points while Rodnesha Capers, Tinara Brown, Heather Chapman, Chelsi Anderson, Gabrielle Stewart and Ashley Green also scored for Summerville.
The victory left Summerville needing to win one of its two games this week in order to claim the region championship outright. Both Colleton County and Ashley Ridge carried a 6-2 region record into play this week so if Summerville was upset in its game with the Lady Swamp Foxes that was played after press time Tuesday then the Wave will need to either defeat Fort Dorchester Thursday or get help from Colleton in the form of a Lady Cougar win over Ashley Ridge Friday in order to secure the region’s No. 1 seed.
The Summerville boys suffered their first region loss of the season Friday as Bluffton upset the Wave 68-60. Brandon Wilkerson led the Summerville attack with 22 points while both John Jenkins and Christian Kalacanic also scored in double digits. Timmy Singleton, Chris McKinnion and Issiah Kinloch also scored for the Wave. However, Bluffton also had three players post double figures.
With the loss, Summerville fell to 17-5 with a 7-1 mark in the region. Fort Dorchester and Bluffton both carried a 5-3 region record into play this week so that left the Summerville boys also needing one win in its final two regular-season games to secure the top playoff seed.
On Tuesday, Summerville had the opportunity to claim the prize as it took on Ashley Ridge after press time. If the Swamp Foxes (12-9, 3-5) spoiled Summerville’s opportunity, the Wave will have another chance as they take on Fort Dorchester in North Charleston Thursday.
The Patriots and the Bobcats faced off Tuesday in another key region game played after press time.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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