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East Clarendon tops in 1A girls poll

BY DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 1/31/18

As expected, the East Clarendon High School girls basketball team moved to the top of the 1A poll released by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

The Lady Wolverines jumped ahead of Green Sea-Floyds, the defending state …

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East Clarendon tops in 1A girls poll

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As expected, the East Clarendon High School girls basketball team moved to the top of the 1A poll released by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

The Lady Wolverines jumped ahead of Green Sea-Floyds, the defending state champion which had been ranked No. 1 all season. EC defeated GSF 64-30 last Tuesday after the poll, which was released prior to the game. East Clarendon, which lost to Green Sea-Floyds in last year's lower state championship game, had been No. 2.

The EC girls are one of seven local teams ranked in the respective polls. There had been eight in recent weeks, but Lakewood fell out of the 4A boys poll after being ranked No. 9 last week.

Sumter remained at No. 6 in the 5A boys poll despite a 16-point victory over then No. 3 Conway. Interestingly, Conway moved up to No. 2 in this week's poll.

The Sumter girls held steady at No. 10 in the 5A poll. Region VI foe and leader Carolina Forest jumped into the poll for the first time at No. 6.

Crestwood continued its ascent up the 4A girls poll. The Lady Wolverines jumped from No. 6 to No. 4, bypassing Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.

Both Manning teams held steady in their respective 3A poll. The Manning boys are ranked third, while the Lady Monarchs are at No. 8.

Like the Crestwood girls, the Lee Central boys have slowly been working their way up the 2A poll. The Stallions moved from fourth to third, switching spots with Keenan.

There is a local team in seven of the 10 polls.

Along with the switch at the top in the 1A girls poll, there are two new No. 1s in the boys polls. Blythewood moved from second to first in the 5A poll, replacing Dorman, which fell to No. 3. Hemingway moved from second to first in the 1A poll. It replaced Williston-Elko, which dropped to fifth.

In the other boys polls, Wilson stayed atop 4A, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 3A and Gray Collegiate 2A. In the girls poll, Spring Valley is still No. 1 in 5A, North Augusta in 4A, Emerald in 3A and Marion in 2A.