By CT McDonald


Irmo’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams are each in a close race for the Region 5-5A top spot as they head into Friday’s regular season finale at home against Dutch Fork.


Over the last week, the Irmo girls had a vacant date last Friday, and then defeated River Bluff Tuesday to settle at 10-1 in the region and 17-6 overall. With Spring Valley’s wins over the past two games, the two-time defending 4A state champion Viking girls are also at 10-1 in the region, and they are 18-6 overall.

Each team has just one game left in the regular season, and just one chance to break the tie before the final ranking is settled. Friday’s game results will determine whether one team earns sole possession of the top slot, or whether the tie will need to be resolved by other means.

The Yellow Jackets will play host to Dutch Fork (10-9, 7-4), the region’s current No. 3, while the Vikings will play host to Blythewood, recently at No. 5.

The Irmo varsity boys (18-5, 9-2) are also at the top of the region and also in a tight contest for sole possession of the No. 1 position. Blythewood (17-5, 9-2) is the other Region 5-5A boys team battling for that slot, and the Bengals will take on Spring Valley, the region’s No. 5 at 6-10, 4-7, in their season finale on Friday while the Yellow Jackets are facing Dutch Fork to complete their regular season competition.

The Silver Fox boys are also at No. 3 in the region, and just one game back from the two leaders in wins and losses at 8-3 in the conference and 15-7 overall.

The girls 5A basketball playoffs begin Tuesday and the boys start Wednesday, with both Irmo teams, at this time, expected to start with home court advantage.