Sumter boys need win over Irmo today to secure playoff berth

BY DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 2/8/19

Since Sumter High School is in the 5-team Region IV-5A, only three schools are guaranteed spots in both the boys and girls state playoffs.

So if the SHS boys are to secure a spot in the playoffs, they need a win over Irmo today in their …

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Since Sumter High School is in the 5-team Region IV-5A, only three schools are guaranteed spots in both the boys and girls state playoffs.

So if the SHS boys are to secure a spot in the playoffs, they need a win over Irmo today in their regular-season finale at the Sumter High gymnasium beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Both Sumter and Irmo are tied for third in the region behind Spring Valley and Blythewood. Should the Gamecocks lose, they could still possibly earn an at-large berth, but it isn't a certainty.'

If Sumter finishes third, it will play in the lower state portion of the bracket. However, if it were to get an at-large, it would be in the upper state. The Gamecocks would be on the road for either game.

The Sumter girls have no such worries as they have second place wrapped up. The Lady Gamecocks will be playing in the upper state portion of the bracket. They will be at home in the first round.

There are other games today with playoff implications on the line. Following are where the teams of the other six South Carolina High School League schools stand in terms of the playoffs.

CRESTWOOD

Girls: Crestwood has earned a spot in the 4A playoffs. However, where is up for grabs.

The Lady Knights are 5-4 in Region IV and tied for third with A.C. Flora heading into today's game against Lakewood. They will be favored while Flora will be favored against Dreher. Second place Orangeburg-Wilkinson is 6-3, but plays undefeated Lower Richland so a 3-way tie for second could be in the offing. Then it will come down to tiebreakers. If they finish second, they will be at home in the first round of the lower state. If they finish third, they will be on the road in the lower state. If it's fourth, Crestwood will open on the road in the upper state.

Boys: Crestwood has no chance at making the playoffs.

LAKEWOOD

Boys: Lakewood is currently in fourth in Region IV-4A at 4-5 heading into today's game against winless Crestwood. Should the Gators win and third place and 5-4 Lower Richland lose to undefeated A.C. Flora, they will be tied for third. If that happens, Lakewood will get the No. 3 seed and a road game in the first round of the lower state playoffs. If it finishes fourth, Lakewood will get a road game in the upper state playoffs.

Girls: The Lady Gators have no chance at making the playoffs.

MANNING

Boys: The Monarchs concluded their season on Wednesday and are the No. 1 seed from Region VII-3A. As long as it wins, Manning will be at home for each of the three games leading up to the lower state championship game in Florence.

Girls: The Lady Monarchs are the No. 2 seed from the region. They will have a home game in the first round.

LEE CENTRAL

Boys: The Stallions play Andrew Jackson High today, but have already wrapped up the Region IV-2A title. They can be at home for the first three rounds of the playoffs leading up to the upper state championship game in Greenville.

Girls: Lee Central and Andrew Jackson are both 10-1 in region play, so the No. 1 seed from the region in the state playoffs is on the line when they face off today in Bishopville beginning at 6 p.m. The winner will have at least two home games in the state playoffs, while the loser will have one.

EAST CLARENDON

Girls: The Lady Wolverines wrapped up the Region VII-2A title with a win over Mullins on Wednesday. They have the opportunity to be at home through the first three rounds of the playoffs leading up to the lower state title game in Florence.

Boys: The Wolverines finished in a tie for fourth in the region and earned a playoff berth. A tiebreaker will be used to determine whether they will be fourth or fifth. Either way, EC will open the playoffs on the road.

SCOTT'S BRANCH

Girls: The Lady Eagles have been ranked No. 1 in 1A all season and rolled to the Region V title. They will receive a first-round bye and will have home games through the next two rounds leading to the lower state championship game.

Boys: Scott's Branch is playing C.E. Murray for second place in the region today. Win or lose, the Eagles will be in the playoffs and will host a first-round game.