Stags and Wolves shut out of playoffs

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Keyshawn Matthews drives for a key bucket in the Stags’ 21-point fourth quarter against Stall. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

Lady Trojans capture first region title in 31 years
The Berkeley Stags and Timberland Wolves basketball teams endured tough basketball seasons.
Both boys and girls teams were shut out of the South Carolina High School League state playoff brackets.
The Stags finished last with a 4-6 record in the newly reformatted Region 8AAA, a competitive region, behind region champ Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Stall, Hilton Head, Hanahan and James Island. The girls’ team didn’t fare any better, finishing in the cellar with a 1-9 mark.
At Timberland, the Lady Wolves are in the middle of a major rebuilding program from their 2011 Class AA State Championship, and improved over their 2012 team with six wins on the season, but still finished last in Region 7AA with a 1-9 record.
The Wolves boys’ team could never get their season untracked and finished with a last place 2-8 mark.  
The Cross boys salvaged a fourth place finish in Region 6A and the Lady Trojans captured their first region championship in 31 years and will host a first round playoff game this week.
The Stags closed out their season on a high note, giving fans a preview of what next year’s team may look like with a solid 57-54 win over second place Stall. Barely two weeks ago, Berkeley stood in a three-way tie for second place as the final half of the Region 8AAA competition began. The win over Stall completes a season sweep of the Warriors in region play but was not enough to earn the Stags an invitation to the playoff dance.
“A lot of unusual scenarios would have had to happen for us to make it in,” said BHS Coach Joe Wallace after the game.
Those scenarios did not happen. 
Ormaine Thomas scored 10 of his game high 24 points in a 21 point fourth quarter to lead Berkeley to the win.
In the regular season finale Berkeley spoiled Stall coach Steve Guerry’s homecoming pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 57-54 win. Guerry, a former Stags assistant and a Moncks Corner native, is in his third season as head coach of the Warriors and guided Stall to a second place Region 8AAA finish.
“This was like a family reunion,” Guerry said. “I grew up here and it is home to me.”
Stall hosts Airport in Class AAA first round playoff action on Wednesday.

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