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Florence area hoops teams in early region contention

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Florence – While there is still plenty of basketball left in the region schedule, basketball teams at West Florence, South Florence and Wilson are in solid shape after two weeks of region competition.

The West Florence boys team is in the best position of the boys squads in the area. The Knights have opened the region schedule with four straight wins to improve to 13-4 overall on the season. West Florence was set to do battle with Conway, also 4-0 in region play, on January 18th with the winner claiming sole possession of first-place.

Coach Daryl Jarvis, in his first season, has watched his club won 10 of their last 11 games with only a non-region loss to Sumter in that stretch.

The Knights continue to get great balance and contributions from several players. Senior Darius Dawson leads the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game and also grabs a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game.

Senior Sabien Nero adds 10.6 points per game and senior Jarrod Woodland is scoring 7.7 points per game. Junior Chris Brigman adds 6.7 points while senior Derrion Lloyd and junior Shaquielle White each contribute about five points per game.

The West Florence girls are 1-3 after four region games and 5-11 overall. Senior Travisha Williamson, and sophomores Shakaylah Cohen, Shakayla Williamson and Nydrea Bradley all average better than six points per game this season.

South Florence’s girls team split their first four region 6-AAAAA games and find themselves in the hunt for a top four finish and a state playoff berth. The boys team also is 2-2 in region play.

Wilson’s girls team is among the best in Class AAAA and leads region 6-AAAA with a 3-0 league mark. The Tigers are 13-1 overall, led by junior Loyal McQueen’s 24.8 points per game. Senior Jada Nowlin adds 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

 The Wilson boys are 2-2 in region 6-AAAA. Coach Derrick McQueen recently earned his 100th career win at the school.

 

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