Two Columbia County rivals will square off on Tuesday in a nonregion game. Harlem's girls basketball team will travel to Lakeside for a matchup of two teams that look dramatically improved from last year.
Lakeside entered Friday's game against Greenbrier with a 3-3 record. Two of Harlem's (2-3) losses came from Greenbrier and Hephzibah -- two perennial state playoff teams.
"I definitely think that we can't underestimate Lakeside," Harlem girls basketball coach Amy Slagle said. "They beat up on Evans more than we beat up on Evans (in the tip off tournament), and they played with Greenbrier point for point, so we certainly can't look past them."
The Lady Bulldogs might be without starting point guard Kacee Camp, who suffered a bruised tailbone in a loss to Burke County on Tuesday. Slagle said Thursday morning Camp's availability for the Lakeside game is still in doubt.
Lakeside boys 43, Silver Bluff 38
After an 0-4 start this season, the Lakeside boys have won two in a row, including a five-point win over Silver Bluff on Tuesday. Rosbie Mutcherson led the Panthers with 16 points on the night, while the Lakeside defense held Silver Bluff (1-2) to only 13 first-half points.
Greenbrier girls 66, Washington-Wilkes 42
The usual cast of scorers including Sara Oland, Kaila Hunt and Janay Moore did the job again for the Lady Wolfpack in a big road win. The Lady Wolfpack remained undefeated at 5-0 with the victory entering Friday's nonregion home game against Lakeside.
Washington-Wilkes 67, Greenbrier boys 52
The Wolfpack fell to 2-3 on the season with a 15-point loss to Washington-Wilkes. Greenbrier took the Tigers into overtime at home Nov. 27 before losing by three points. Playing on the road this time, the Wolfpack couldn't prevent undefeated Washington-Wilkes from improving to 4-0 on the season.
Silver Bluff girls 48, Lakeside 35
The Lady Panthers fell to 3-3 after they crossed state lines to face Silver Bluff on Tuesday. Lakeside managed only two points in the opening quarter and only five points in the third quarter. Starting post player Alex Cassagnol led Lakeside with 10 points.
Burke County boys 79, Harlem 57
Harlem's toughest match up so far this year ended in a 22-point loss to Burke County. Bulldogs junior Cedric Boatner electrified the Harlem crowd with a dunk in the first quarter to take an early lead over Burke County, but foul trouble hit the Bulldogs hard later in the half.
The visiting Bears took a 41-27 halftime lead and outlasted Harlem in the second half. Boatner scored 18 points, but Burke County's DeVonda Lewis led all scoring with 32.
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