Lexington lady Wildcats win ninth in a row
For the second time in five days, the seventh-ranked Lexington girls’ basketball team bested a ranked opponent at home.
The 61-39 win over Class 4A 10th-ranked Dreher was the Lady Wildcats’ ninth straight victory. It came on the heels of an eight-point victory over previously third-ranked Dorman this past Saturday in the Auto-Owners Insurance Showcase.
This also marked the second straight game Lexington held an opponent to 39 points.
Thursday’s performance stood out for how Lexington (10-1) dominated with a limited All-State senior guard and University of South Carolina commit Oliver Thompson. Slowed by a cold and foul trouble, Thompson finished with a season-low eight points.
Helping to carry the offensive load was forward Brooke Foulks. The twin sister of Lexington High senior guard Bradley Foulks posted a season-high 19 points and provided a boost during the 10-minute span between the third and fourth quarters that Thompson was seated with four personal fouls.
“You always have to step up when one player is not having a good game,” Foulks said. “So, I was just there to play my best and to help Liv out knowing that she wasn’t doing her best, so I was the one to step up and help the team out.”
“She is just so scrappy,” head coach Molly Goodrich said. “She hustles around the boards, she finishes around the rim. The thing with her is she can catch anything and she’s just like a silent assassin. She doesn’t look big, she doesn’t look tough. She is just scrappy out there. She’s very important to our team and she’s definitely one of our best rebounders.”
Versatile swingwoman Hannah Yumiyama also contributed with 10 points and providing another ballhandler in Thompson’s effort. Her efforts along with Foulks and the rest of the Lady Wildcats helped increase the lead as many as 24 points in the second half.
“She plays one through five for us,” Goodrich said. “So she played the point guard. We had some people struggling taking care of the ball, so she starts as a four for me and she turned into a point guard. With her, she’s just like “where you need me coach?’ and she can pretty much do it all. And she shot well tonight, so it helped us.”
Amber Heard led Dreher with 13 points and Regan Foulks (no relation) added 10.
North Charleston 55, River Bluff 14
The Lady Gators fell in the opening round of the Y.C. Winborn Holiday Tournament in Rock Hill on Thursday.
They will face Gray Collegiate Academy, who lost 47-13 to host school Rock Hill, at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Pelion 80, Wagener-Salley 67
Niko Austin scored 23 points and Ethan Davis added 19 as the 10th-ranked Panthers advanced to Friday’s final of the Pelion Holiday Classic.
Pelion will face either Columbia or Laurence Manning in the championship at 8:30 p.m.
HIllcrest 62, River Bluff 59
Despite three players in double figures, the sixth-ranked Gators dropped their second game of the season in 12 outings.
J.T. Reeves had a team high 14 points, followed by Terrill Windham with 12 and Booker Cusaac with 10 for River Bluff (10-2). Will Sims led all scorers with 18 points, Kobe Ross added 13 and Justin Amadi added 12 for the Rams.
The contest was the opening round of the Daniel High School Holiday Tournament.
S.C. BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION RANKINGS
1. Dorman, 2. Nation Ford, 3. Blythewood, 4. Berkeley, 5. Lexington, 6. River Bluff, 7. Northwestern, 8. Ft. Mill, 9. T.L. Hanna, 10. Conway
1. W.J. Keenan, 2. Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 3. Manning, 4. Georgetown, 5. Edisto, 6. Bishop England, 7. Union County, 8. Southside, 9. Camden, 10. Pelion
1. Gray Collegiate, 2. North Charleston, 3. Lee Central, 4. Mullins, 5. Greenville Tech, 6. Oceanside Collegiate, 7. Saluda, 8. Burke, 9. Calhoun County, 10. Silver Bluff
1. Spring Valley, 2. Goose Creek, 3. Fort Dorchester, 4. Dorman, 5. Sumter, 6. Woodmont, 7. Lexington, 8. T.L. Hanna, 9. Nation Ford, 10. West Ashley
1. Mullins, 2. Christ Church, 3. Landrum, 4. Lewisville, 5. Gray Collegiate, 6. Lee Central, 7. Saluda, 8. Barnwell, 9. Andrew Jackson, 10. Latta