By CT McDonald


The Silver Fox varsity basketball teams will visit district rival Irmo on Friday to play the final game of the regular season with region finish a top priority for each of them.

Dutch Fork’s boys are just one conference win behind the two leaders — Irmo and Blythewood in a tie — and the girls are also currently at No. 3, just behind Irmo and Spring Valley, who are also in a tie for the region’s top spot. A Silver Fox win, along with region leader’s losses, could rearrange the landscape in the final rankings and playoff seedings.

The Silver Fox girls beat White Knoll last Friday and then lost to Spring Valley in the early game this week to stand at 10-9, 7-4 going into Friday’s contest, while the Yellow Jackets and Vikings each are at 10-1 in the conference as the season finale approaches.

A Silver Fox win on Friday would not necessarily knock the Jackets and Vikings out of the first and second place slots, but it could secure the No. 3 position, with Lexington currently just one game behind the Foxes and also battling for a favorable region finish on Friday against White Knoll, which is now in the No. 6 position.

The Silver Fox boys are sandwiched between the Region 5-5A leaders — Irmo and Blythewood — which are tied at the No. 1 position, and just ahead of the current fourth place team; Lexington. The Yellow Jackets and Bengals stand a 9-2 in region games going into Friday’s season finale, the Silver Foxes are at 8-3, and the Wildcats stand at 7-4. Spring Valley (4-7), River Bluff (2-10 season complete) and White Knoll (0-11) round out the region, with none of them seriously threatening to take over one of the top four positions.

While Dutch Fork and Irmo battle it out Friday, Blythewood will be playing at Spring Valley, and Lexington will be dealing with the Timberwolves at White Knoll.

The implications of this week’s final games are obvious. Friday will be buzzing hot with high school basketball competition throughout the midlands area.