Around the State-Richland County-District 2
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Schools in the County: Blythewood HS, Richland Northeast HS, Ridge View HS, Spring Valley HS and Westwood HS
It was not that long ago when the 5A Bengals resembled, arguably, one of the worst teams in South Carolina high school girls basketball. After all, the Bengals were 0-19 in 2021-22.
Blythewood followed that up with a season where they finished with a 15-14 mark – and nearly a first-round victory over Byrnes in last season’s 5A state tournament.
Even though the Bengals may not have received a preseason Top 10 spot from the SCBCA, coach Steve Inabinet’s squad looks poised and ready to take its place among the elites of the 5A ranks.
Having a young core certainly helps and that includes sophomore. She averaged 12.1 points, four rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.1 assists in her freshman campaign. Also having an outstanding freshman season was . The talented small forward averaged a double-double of 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds to go along with 1.8 steals.
Another noteworthy standout for Blythewood was– also entering her sophomore stint. She averaged 13.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals in 26 games. Look out for as well as she begins her freshman season.
Richland Northeast HS
The Cavaliers finished with a 1-17 record last season with the lone win coming at the expense of Lugoff-Elgin.
Ridge View HS
When thinking of 4A teams to look out for, coach Terence Gibson’s Blazers may not ring the bells that North Augusta, Wade Hampton or South Pointe do. But the Blazers did put together a Cinderella run through last season’s 4A tournament that included wins over Lucy Beckham and South Florence before running into region foe A.C. Flora.
Ridge View did graduate four seniors from last season’s version, but a number of standouts from the 2022-23 team are returning for more this season.
One of the Blazers’ primary point-getters from last season waswho is also one of the team’s primary rebounders. She nearly averaged a double-double last season with 9.8 points and 9.6 boards. This is in addition to the 1.5 steals and 0.4 blocks she had. is coming off a freshman season where she averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
is a two-sport athlete whose athletic plate also includes volleyball. In her junior season, she averaged 5.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. – like Drakeford – is entering her senior season and averaged 5.6 points and 1.5 steals last season. will be a sophomore this season.
Spring Valley HS
There is no shame in losing in the playoffs to the team that eventually went on to win it all in 5A.
That is what happened with coach Megan Assey’s Spring Valley bunch from last season. The Vikings suffered defeat in the Upper State Final at the hands of eventual state champion Mauldin.
The primary question surrounding Spring Valley this season is who will step up in the stead of Jaidah Liebert who is beginning her freshman season at Spartanburg Methodist. Madison Entzimger is also starting her freshman season at Columbia College.
There is still a talented cast of characters at Spring Valley. One of those is Alyric Bucker who transferred to Spring Valley from White Knoll. She averaged 6.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season with the 5A Timberwolves. Another of those is returning for her junior season in. An offensive and defensive anchor for Spring Valley, she averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals last season.
Teams looking to beat the Vikings also have to find a way to contain, who plays AAU with Capital City Tyrants. She averaged 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game last season. The Vikings also have and Marianna Moody who are sure to provide key contributions this season. Kallie Robertson will join the team as a freshman.
Coach Gregory Bauldrick’s 2022-23 Redhawks rendition put together a historic run that saw Westwood earn a berth in the 4A state championship game only to suffer defeat at the hands of North Augusta.
The Bauldrick era at Westwood has been defined by winning and one would expect that would continue to be the case once again this season. How much – especially after graduating Jessica Woods, Raven Johnson and Korletta Daniels is yet to be seen.
Returning for Westwood iswho averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and three assists in 31 games last season to go along with 1.5 steals. Also coming back to sport the Westwood colors is – one of the team’s key rebounders at 5-foot-8. (junior), Si’Niya Curry (sophomore) and (freshman) are also part of the Redhawks roster this season.