Cane Bay splits as region play nears
Cane Bay’s basketball teams plunge into the start of Region 7-AAAA competition on different ends of the spectrum as far as momentum is concerned.
The Lady Cobras are coming off a 60-23 loss to Colleton County on Friday, while the Cane Bay boys earned a 58-49 victory over the Cougars in the nightcap.
Cane Bay was set to begin region play at home versus West Ashley on Tuesday (after press time) before traveling to Wando on Friday.
Cane Bay’s girls are 6-6 on the season.
“All I ask of the girls is to keep taking steps forward and getting better,” Lady Cobras coach Ira Owens said. “We took a step backwards tonight.”
Owens estimated that 25 of Colleton County’s 29 first-half points came on fast breaks.
“They’re very quick,” he said. “Even when we were running with them, they were just faster than we were… In the second half, they started hitting some outside shots and that helped them extend the lead. We weren’t very sharp tonight at all.”
Deyja Brown scored a game-high 19 points for Colleton County, which improved to 12-1. Briana Chisolm and Courtney Eady added 10 points apiece for the Lady Cougars.
Makayla Dudley led Cane Bay with six points.
In the boys’ game, Cane Bay (4-7) jumped out to a 19-4 lead late in the first quarter and went on to defeat the Cougars for the second time this season.
The Cougars closed within 55-47 with 1:37 left but got no closer.
“We’re still not consistent but we’re getting there,” Cane Bay coach Calvin Craft said. “We still have not put four whole quarters together.”
Junior guard Jiquan Hammond, who was honored on Friday for recently scoring his 1,000th career point, led the Cobras with 18 points.
“He’s been a dominant player,” Craft said. “He’s averaging about 25 points a game and just had 40 points against Goose Creek. We need some other guys to step up with him.”
Raekwon Rivers tacked on 17 points and Traevon Doctor added eight points.
Roshee Hodges had 24 points for Colleton County, while Hasin Nichols added 11 points.
“It’s going to be murderer’s row from here on out,” Craft said. “Every night in this region is going to be a war.”