2005-01-21 / Sports

LR and RNE faceoff on Friday

By Jim Seay

Four of the most potent SC high school basketball teams will be on the Lower Richland Diamond Hornets’ court Friday night. L.R. will host Richland Northeast’s Cavaliers.

The two schools compete in the same region, thereby adding more luster to their first meeting of the current campaign. The evening begins with the junior varsity boys’ game at 5:30 pm. The girls’ teams battle next. The showdown between the boys’ varsity squads follows.

Entering this week, all four varsity squads were undefeated in the conference. L.R.’s boys were 14–2 with a pair of one–point losses to Keenan while the Cavaliers’ one defeat was to Lancaster.

A week ago, both the Diamond Hornets and the Cavaliers (13–1) were on hot tracks as each took key victories. Lower Richland defeated Ridge View 65–44 as Mike Jones scored 17 points and Jeremiah Richardson posted 13.

“Our defense has done a good job” said Head Coach Chip Atkins. “We’re getting good balanced scoring and rebounding.”

The second region win came Friday in a 71–38 romp over Dutch Fork. Jones led with 25, and Richardson pumped in 15. Richardson fired home 29 points while Jones notched a dozen against Dreher in a non–league contest Saturday.

Richland Northeast claimed two wins th

is past week, first taking a 75–56 romp past Spring Valley Wednesday. Shondre Guest grabbed 22 points to lead the Vikings. Guest scored 20 in Friday’s 61–49 defeat of Irmo.

Lower Richland was slated to host Irmo this past Tuesday while RNE was at home to play Ridge View Wednesday.

“I expect it to be a hard–fought defensive battle. Richland Northeast is a very good team, obviously. Whoever takes care of the ball late in the game will have the best chance of winning,” Coach Atkins said.

Of course, the winning teams would gain higher rungs on the ladder to the championship.

In the 6:45 pm preliminary girl’s game Lower Richland (11–2) meets its RNE counterpart after going 2–1 this past week. The Lady Diamond Hornets slipped past Ridge View 49–43 behind Morgan Stroman’s 15 points, Fanny Goodwin’s 12 and La’Netra Green’s 11. Next, Dutch Fork took a rare home loss as L.R. won 60–55 with Green logging 15 points, Stroman 14, and Mandy Brown and Fanny Goodwin scored 11 each.

Dreher defeated the Diamond Hornets 62–42 Saturday, despite Goodwin’s 19 points.

Richland Northeast divided two games and finished the week at 13–1 drubbing Spring Valley Tuesday, then losing to Irmo Friday.

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