The curtains came up on the Region 7-AAAAA basketball slate on Jan. 11.
Goose Creek made the trip up Highway 52 to Moncks Corner to tangle with Berkeley and Cane Bay welcomed Wando into the snake pit.
The girls teams from Cane Bay and Berkeley started off 1-0 while Goose Creek’s boys and Wando’s boys also sparked the region slate with a victory celebration.
Berkeley’s girls pull out a 39-33 win against the Gators, getting a game-high 26 points from forward Peighton Jambor. Nakeshia Jerideau and Amani McCray chipped in four points apiece for coach Crystal Peace’s squad.
Peace said she was pleased with the efforts of young point guard Saniya Sanders and her ability to communicate with her teammates on the floor. She also said the Stags have to get better moving forward to compete in what figures to a tough journey through the region schedule.
Goose Creek’s girls were paced by Samiya Grant and Ravin Griffin with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Berkeley led by four at the break and went on to lead by as many as 12 points. Goose Creek closed within six points in the final period.
“There are a lot of things we have to work on,” Goose Creek coach Tim Baldwin said. “The thing I like is the two seniors are starting to lead a little bit. We’re dealing with a lot of kids who don’t have a lot of varsity experience. We’re going to be learning on the fly but I really like the girls. They don’t mind working hard.”
In the boys game, Goose Creek built a 19-2 lead in the first quarter and coasted to a 70-36 victory.
Britt led the Gators boys with a game-high 20 points while Elijah Dates and Daunte Taylor added double digits, too, scoring 12 and 10 respectively. Shane Potts chipped in nine points.
Damon Brown paced Berkeley with 12 points while Troy Reid contributed nine points. Josh Youngblood chipped in six points.
Cane Bay’s girls improved to 13-3 with a 46-24 win over Wando. Cobras guard Alaina Nettles led all scorers with 23 points and Jasmine Jenkins added 10 points. Tatum Carr chipped in four points.
“They’ve been playing well pretty much all season,” Cane Bay girls coach Ira Owens said. “The thing we’ve done better here lately is getting off to a more consistent start. We had a couple games before Christmas we lost because we had poor-shooting first halves.”
The Cobras built a 10-point halftime lead and pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Warriors 23-11 in the second half.
The win was the fifth straight for Cane Bay’s girls and set a new high mark for wins in a season for the Cobras, who began playing in 2008-09.
In the boys game, Wando scored the final five points to edge the Cobras, 55-54. The Warriors overcame an 11-point deficit to start the region off on the right foot.
Stratford had the night off on Jan. 11 but is slated to travel to Cane Bay on Jan. 14.
Cane Bay’s boys fell to 12-6.
Faith Christian 72,
Northside Christian 41
Faith Christian’s boys won their sixth straight game and improved to 9-3 on the season.
Battery Creek 53,
The Hanahan boys basketball team fell to Battery Creek in overtime on Jan. 11.
Keith Bryant and Dru Goldsmith led the Hawks with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Malik Horry chipped in nine points and Kit Cooper eight points.
Palmetto Christian 65,
St. John’s Christian 60
St. John’s Christian boys lost to visiting Palmetto Christian on Jan. 11.
Wallace Hester poured in 30 points for the Cavaliers and Brock Ray added seven points.
The St. John’s Christian girls also lost a close game, falling 49-44 to the Lowcountry Wildcats.