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Lady Gamecocks break into top 10 in latest 5A poll

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 1/11/18

After going 3-18 a year ago and taking on an interim head coach just prior to the start of practice for the 2017-18 season, the Sumter High School girls basketball team finds itself ranked in the top 10 in 5A in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches …

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Lady Gamecocks break into top 10 in latest 5A poll

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After going 3-18 a year ago and taking on an interim head coach just prior to the start of practice for the 2017-18 season, the Sumter High School girls basketball team finds itself ranked in the top 10 in 5A in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association polls released on Wednesday.

The Lady Gamecocks, who are 9-3 on the season and have reeled off six straight victories, moved into the poll at No. 9. They opened their Region VI schedule with a 69-59 home victory over previously ranked Conway on Tuesday.

There is a local team ranked in eight of the the 10 polls. The only ones without a ranked team is the 2A girls poll and the 1A boys poll.

The Sumter boys are ranked eighth among 5A boys after being sixth in the most recent poll. They traveled to the Grand Strand on Tuesday to face Conway in their region opener and lost 57-35. Conway is ranked third in the state.

In the 4A polls, Lakewood is No. 8 in the boys poll and Crestwood is No. 8 in the girls poll. The Gators fell from No. 3 and are 9-8 after hammering Hartsville 77-48 in their Region VI opener on Tuesday. The 11-2 Lady Knights dropped from fifth to eighth. They crushed Lugoff-Elgin 72-17 in their region opener on Tuesday.

The Manning boys broke into the 3A poll for the first time at No. 6, while the Lady Monarchs moved up from No. 7 to third. The MHS boys are 9-4 and the girls are 12-3. Manning opens its Region VII-3A schedule on Friday at Lake Marion.

The Lee Central boys held steady at No. 5 in the 2A poll. The Stallions are 4-0 in Region IV after whipping Cheraw 86-68 on Tuesday.

East Clarendon jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the 1A girls poll. The Lady Wolverines play host to Lake View on Friday.