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West Florence boys and girls battling for shot at region title

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Florence – With half of the region schedule completed, the West Florence boys and girls basketball teams are in the thick of the race for the region 6-AAAAA championship.

Though there remains plenty of tough work ahead, the Knights have positioned themselves to be contenders down the stretch.

Heading into region showdowns with Conway on January 24, both the boys and girls teams were 3-1 in region six play and both within a game of first-place in the standings.

The boys team is a game behind Conway and could forge into a tie with a win on January 24. The Knights are 13-6 overall on the season and posted a solid non-region win over Spring Valley on January 22.

 The Knights have region victories over South Florence, Socastee and Carolina Forest with the lone league defeat coming to St. James. The contest with Conway will complete the first cycle through the league.

Shaquielle White continues to set the pace offensively for the Knights, averaging about 14 points per game. White had 15 points in the win over Spring Valley.

Travis Cooper also has been a key contributor offensively, averaging 13.5 points per game. Shakeem White adds about 10 points per contest.

Meanwhile, the girls team heads into the Conway matchup at 8-10 overall. The Lady Knights have posted league wins over St. James, South Florence and Socastee with the lone region loss coming to Carolina Forest.

Junior Shakayla Williamson had 16 points in a big non-region win over Spring Valley and is averaging better than eight points per game.

Zy’Breayziah Alexander continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging right at 12 points per game while also pulling down nearly eight rebounds per game.

Shakaylah Cohen is also scoring in double figures, averaging 10.6 points per contest.

At South Florence, the boys team lost their first four region games of the schedule and went 6-12 through 18 contests overall. Three of the four losses in the region have been by five points or less.

Justice Jackson continues to put up good numbers offensively, averaging about 20 points per game. Brian Sparks adds 16 points and six rebounds per game.

The girls team at South Florence struggled in non-region play but has split their first four region games with wins over Conway and St. James.

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