Lexington 59, Aiken 47
Aiken (15-7, 5-3 Region 5-AAAA) dropped a crucial region contest to put Lexington in the driver’s seat for the top playoff spot.
Dramel Coleman led the Hornets with 15 points, and Shawn Moore scored 13 in the loss.
Aiken will host North Augusta on Tuesday, with second place in the region likely on the line.
Strom Thurmond 64, Swansea 44
Region leaders Strom Thurmond (17-6, 7-1 Region 5-AAA) collected the win behind the efforts of three double-digit scorers. Hykeem Brooks led the way with 13 points, followed by Ryan Williams with 12 points and Jasergio Kennion with 11.
The Rebels will host Gilbert on Tuesday.
Midland Valley 48, Brookland-Cayce 40
Midland Valley (16-7, 7-1 Region 5-AAA) kept pace for the top spot in its region with the victory.
Jaquan Hall and Kameron Brown scored 11 points each for the Mustangs, who travel to play Airport on Monday.
Calhoun County 45, Silver Bluff 42
Silver Bluff (10-10, 5-4 Region 5-AA) couldn’t get the win over Calhoun County, which strengthened its hold on the top spot in the region with an 8-1 record.
Jaylen Lawrence scored 10 points for the Bulldogs, who travel to play Barnwell on Tuesday.
Wagener-Salley 67, Blackville-Hilda 60
Wagener-Salley (13-8, 7-3 Region 4-A) maintained its hold on second place in the region with the victory, fueled by a trio of double-digit scorers.
RJ Tyler led the War Eagles with 18 points, while Malcolm Stroman and Duane Davenport added 16 and 14, respectively.
Wagener-Salley will host Hunter-Kinard-Tyler on Tuesday.
Lexington 45, Aiken 38
Aiken (15-6, 5-3 Region 5-AAAA) was unable to get a bounceback win over Lexington on Friday.
Three days after their rally came up short against Dutch Fork, the Hornets got 12 points from Alexis Odom in the tough road loss.
Aiken will next host North Augusta on Tuesday.
Strom Thurmond 69, Swansea 23
Strom Thurmond (12-6, 6-2) got a 20-point effort from Shay Widener to collect the region victory.
Shakyra Martin and Michaela Griffin added 13 points each for the Rebels, and Chesnee Robinson scored 11.
Strom Thurmond will host Gilbert on Tuesday.
Midland Valley 51, Brookland-Cayce 39
Midland Valley (7-13, 4-4 Region 5-AAA) got 14 points each from Alexis Bates and Amber Abney and will travel to play Airport on Monday.
Ridge Spring-Monetta 35, Williston-Elko 27
Ridge Spring-Monetta (16-5, 10-0 Region 4-A) kept its unbeaten region record intact with Friday’s victory.
Ashley Perry had 12 points for the Trojans, and Ty’Miyah Tyler added nine. Ridge Spring-Monetta will hit the road to play North on Tuesday.
No. 35 USC Aiken men 5, No. 13 Valdosta State 4
VALDOSTA, Ga. — The nationally 35th-ranked USC Aiken men’s tennis team knocked off national No. 13 Valdosta Statein its season opener on Friday.
USCA (1-0) opened its win by taking two of the three doubles matches. The Pacer tandem of Kevin Zerath and Patrick Stiebinger (Weiden, bested Konstantin Kutschenko and Mario Navarro, 8-6, in No. 1 doubles.
USCA’s No. 3 doubles team of Andy Quirk and Bruno Orlandini downed Valdosta State’s Joachim Schemm and Andrew Harvin by a score of 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.
USCA picked up the match win over Valdosta State (0-1) by acquiring singles victories at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
Lucas Gobbi claimed the win at No. 4 singles, besting Valdosta State’s Sebastian Jasyk 7-2, 6-3.Quirk acquired a 6-3, 6-1 win over Tammo Haake at No. 5 singles.Orlandini then picked up the win at No. 6 singles by a score of 6-1, 6-0 over Harvin.
USC Aiken will next stay in the area for an exhibition against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 11 a.m. today in Tifton, Ga.