R-S Central Basketball
The Hilltoppers came up with what is the best win of the season as they downed a very strong Mountain Heritage, 75-68 last Friday.
Heritage will be really tough in the playoffs with athleticism, quickness, size and shooting ability. Defensively, I expect them to get even better, but R-S Central (5-2) played its best hoops of the season.
Central continues to impress and perhaps even play better than expected. Elijah Carson (21 points), Tyion Watkins (21 points) and Jacob Knox (15 points) all came up big down the stretch.
The fact that they do the little things right or that they don't give up, Central just keeps on finding ways to win early this season. Central lost to Mountain Heritage by 20-plus last December, but the Hilltoppers still managed to win 20-plus games a year ago.
Central will face East Burke on the road on the 20th and go to Freedom on the 27th.
East Rutherford (5-1) beat Greer and Highland Tech last week. So far, they have been fairly balanced with Christian Walker leading the way at 20 points and 11 boards per game. Jayden Waddell 16 ppg, Isaiah Lathan, Jordan Harris and Owen Chapman are all around 10 points per game.
They have one more game this week before Christmas break as they hosted Greer Wednesday. They go to Chesnee for the Christmas Tourney on the 27th.
The Trojans lost the only game it played this week, falling to a decent Cherryville team, 77-72. They have been competitive in all five game so far this season and go to East Henderson Wednesday 12/19 before the Christmas break. Tyler Whiteside (26 ppg/10 boards) and Deandre McCoy (17 ppg/7 boards) lead the way for Chase. They will play Bessemer City in a Christmas Tourney on the 27th.
The Lady Hilltoppers (4-3) lost to one of the best 2A clubs in the state in Mountain Heritage by 3 on Friday. Central continues to get better with Jada Logan, Jada Wilkins and Maddie Gillie leading the way. Nkyia Lynch has been tough on the boards so far to help out. They go to East Burke on the 20th before playing the Freedom Christmas Tourney on the 27th.
The Lady Cavs (5-1) lost to Greer, but easily handled Highland Tech in last week's games. Osha Makerson and Brooklyn Henderson led the way with 20 points per game and 13 respectively. Makerson has 10 assist per game as last year's conference MVP hasn't let up in her senior year.
The Lady Trojans (1-3) still have problems scoring, but lost by one earlier this season. It maybe another tough year, but they aren't playing bad defensively so far by holding teams to 54 points a game at this juncture.