By CT McDonald

Irmo’s girls and boys varsity basketball teams remained undefeated in Region 4-5A after this week’s Tuesday games, while the Dutch Fork varsity boys are now at the top of Region 5-5A in wins and losses after last Friday’s win against Chapin and Tuesday’s loss to River Bluff.

Chapin’s Eagles won the first game of the Region 5-5A schedule against Dutch Fork, but the Silver Foxes evened the in-region District Five rivalry with last week’s matchup at Dutch Fork.

Both games were close. In the January 14 game at Chapin the Eagles held a 5-point advantage at the buzzer; 37-32.

Late last week Chapin held a 22-18 lead at halftime and was still out front by a point (33-32) at the end of the third quarter. But, with a 17-10 advantage in the fourth, the Foxes pulled out the 49-43 victory.

After Tuesday’s 34-33 loss at River Bluff in yet another close one, Dutch Fork is at 15-7, 4-2, while Chapin stands at 11-12, 1-5 after the Eagles’ also close 58-52 loss versus White Knoll.

On the varsity girls side, Dutch Fork took the 64-13 victory against Chapin last week and went on to lose 72-64 at River Bluff early this week to stand at 8-12, 2-4, while Chapin followed last week’s loss at Dutch Fork with a 38-12 loss at home against White Knoll early this week, and the Lady Eagles are now at 3-14, 0-6.

The Eagles are to play at River Bluff Friday, with just one game to go after that; at home against Lexington Tuesday, next week.

The Silver Foxes will play at Lexington Friday, then take on Irmo at home in a non-region matchup Tuesday, and wrap up the regular season at home against White Knoll Thursday, February 13.

Irmo’s girls and boys varsity teams continue to roll through the region schedule in the win column, and they are both at No. 1 in their region.

Late last week the girls defeated Spring Valley 71-40 on the road, and then they beat Blythewood 59-24 at the Bengals’ gym early this week to stand at 18-3, 6-0. The varsity boys beat the Vikings 77-65 and the Bengals 58-55 in a close matchup. Irmo now holds a 19-3, 6-0 record as they both prepare for Lugoff-Elgin’s visit Friday, with the non-region game at Dutch Fork coming up Tuesday, next week.

Then Irmo wraps up the regular season on February 14 in a region home game against Sumter.

Playoffs will follow.