By CT McDonald
Yellow Jacket and Silver Fox varsity basketball teams head into the regular season’s district rival final game this week at Dutch Fork, with all four of them playing for seeding in the postseason games.
After wins late last week in non-region games, both Irmo varsity teams won again early this week when they played host to River Bluff (RB) in the Yellow Jackets’ Senior Night Game.
The varsity girls defeated Midland Valley (MV) 38-28 last Friday in a late season non-conference game, and then followed that with a 54-23 Region 5-5A victory against the visiting RB Gators. That improves the Lady Yellow Jackets to 16-7, 8-3 going into Friday’s district rival season finale at Dutch Fork, which is also a region opponent.
Irmo’s girls are currently in second place in Region 5-5A, with Spring Valley securely holding onto No. 1 with an 11-0 region record, Lexington and Dutch Fork follow with each carrying a 6-5 region count, and White Knoll is at No. 5 and 5-5 in the region.
The varsity boys beat the MV Mustangs 68-58 last week, and then won the region game against River Bluff 75-71 on Tuesday, this week, to stand at 16-7, 6-5 going into Friday’s game at Dutch Fork.
Irmo and Dutch Fork varsity boys teams are in a two-way tie at No. 3 in region wins and losses (6-5), with Blythewood at No. 1 and 11-0 in the region, then Spring Valley at No. 2 and 7-4 in region play, while River Bluff is currently at No. 5 and 5-7 in the region.
After defeating White Knoll 69-19 late last week in a region game, the Dutch Fork varsity girls took a 70-66 loss against No. 1 Spring Valley (11-0) Tuesday to settle at 14-8, 6-5 and in a tie with Lexington (13-9, 6-5) for the region’s third place rank.
The battle in the girls region lineup will be for the No. 3 seed. Dutch Fork, Lexington and White Knoll (9-11, 5-5) are bunched together in region wins and losses, and, while Dutch Fork faces Irmo, Lexington will be dealing with White Knoll in Friday’s season finale. Both games, taken together, should determine the third, fourth and fifth place teams.
Spring Valley and Irmo should remain first and second, win or lose on Friday, while Blythewood and River Bluff should remain at sixth and seventh in the region.
The No’s. 1, 2 and 3 seeds out of the region are set to open the playoffs on their home court, according to the South Carolina High School League brackets, while seeds 4 and 5 will be on the road in the first round.
Dutch Fork’s varsity boys beat White Knoll 58-46 last Friday, and then defeated Spring Valley 50-46 early this week to improve to 11-12, 6-5 as they prepare to play host to Irmo this Friday.
The Silver Fox/Yellow Jacket season finale game this week will resolve the 6-5 tie for third place between these two teams, and could pose a threat to Spring Valley’s No. 2 rank. The Vikings (11-9, 7-4) will take on top-ranked Blythewood (20-2, 11-0) in Friday’s final season game. A win by either the Foxes or Jackets, coupled with a loss by the Vikings, will create a two-way tie with Spring Valley for the No. 2 slot.
A Viking win on Friday will leave the Yellow Jackets and Silver Foxes to scramble for the region’s third and fourth position, with No. 3 starting the playoffs at home, and No. 4 starting on the road.
Irmo at Dutch Fork Friday. Girls at 6 pm, boys at 7:30 pm.