By CT McDonald
After non-region games against Lexington County rivals in the past week of competition, Irmo’s winter sports teams are now heading into holiday mode with the Christmas/Winter Break starting this week.
The Lady Yellow Jackets varsity basketball team earned a win against District Five neighbor Chapin late last week, and then took a loss against the Lady Wildcats of Lexington early this week.
It was the second loss this season to the old foe on the other side of the Lake Murray Dam, but it was just the first of two scheduled matchups with the Eagles this season. Irmo will visit Chapin for a rematch on January 4, 2019, in the first game of the new year.
The Lady Yellow Jackets improved to 5-3 overall with the 67-30 win against Chapin (then 2-3), and then dropped to 5-4 early this week with the 48-39 loss to Lexington (9-1).
Irmo scored 27 points in the first quarter against Chapin and then posted double-digit points through the remainder of the game while keeping the Eagles down to single digits through all four quarters.
Against Lexington, the Lady Yellow Jackets scored just 7 points in the first quarter and 3 in the second before outscoring the Lady Wildcats in the third and fourth periods. But they were too far down (26-10) in the first half for their 29-22 second half advantage to create a win.
Irmo’s varsity girls will finish the 2018 portion of their schedule Friday when Summerville visits for a 7:30 pm tip-off just after the Winter Break begins.
The Irmo varsity boys basketball team also earned a victory against Chapin late last week, also suffered a second season loss to Lexington early this week, and will also take on Chapin, at Chapin, in the first game of the new year, on January 4, 2019.
At home against the Eagles (then 3-5) late last week, the varsity boys won 68-21 to improve to 6-3 overall, and against the Wildcats (11-0) at home, Tuesday, this week, Irmo lost 66-53 to drop to 6-4 overall.
Against Chapin, Irmo scored in double digits in every quarter while holding the Eagles to single digit points, and against Lexington, the Yellow Jackets got off to a slow start in the first period, allowing the Wildcats go up by 9 points (16-7) as the second quarter began. Irmo – although ending each of the next two periods with a deficit – held it much closer until the fourth when the Jackets outscored Lexington 22-16. But it was not enough to climb out of the hole they were in before then.
Now Irmo’s varsity boys look to the Cleveland County Holiday Classic tournament at Kings Mountain, North Carolina December 27-29 for their next competition.
Irmo’s varsity wrestling team will also be active during the holiday break.
The Yellow Jackets will compete in the annual Eagles Duals tournament on Saturday at Airport High School, and they will be on the road at Lambert, Georgia December 28-29 for competition in the Hook’em Classic tournament there.
Irmo’s wrestlers will resume the regular schedule January 9, 2019, when they wrestle at Orangeburg, and that’s just two days before they compete in the annual Blue Devil Invitational tournament at Dreher High School January 11-12.
According to information by Lexington Richland District Five, the Winter Break begins today, December 20, and ends January 2, 2019. Students return to school January 3, the first Thursday of 2019.