Warriors stay perfect vs. in-state opponents competition

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Wando High's boys basketball team remained perfect against teams from South Carolina on Saturday night, knocking off Conway, 53-39, as part of the Kevin Shealy Lowcountry Classic at West Ashley High School.

Wando, which defeated Dutch Fork on Friday night, improved to 10-3 overall on the season and will most assuredly remain the state's top-ranked Class AAAA team when the new rankings come out next week.

"These two games were great for us because we played two really good AAAA teams, teams that are going to be in the playoffs at the end of the year," said Wando coach David Eaton.

"We really have played a tough schedule already this year. We have seen a lot of good competition and it has allowed us to really focus on the things that we need to improve on."

It was the first loss of the season for Conway after nine straight wins. The Tigers defeated Summerville, 68-65, on Friday night. Conway battled Wando hard throughout Saturday's contest but could not overcome a strong defensive effort from the Warriors.

"We didn't shoot the ball great tonight, had some really good looks but the shots didn't fall," said Eaton. "Some of our shooting was due to Conway. They really get after you on both ends of the floor.

"It is pleasing for me as a coach to see us really get after it defensively. We know the defense can always be strong for us when we have off nights offensively."

Senior post man Matt Pegram led Wando's offensive effort with 22 points. He was the only player to reach double figures, though seven other Warriors reached the scoring column.

Senior forward Bernard Venables led Conway with 18 points while guard Jordan Hennigan added 12 points.

With the game tied at 13 early in the second period, the Warriors outscored Conway, 12-6, down the stretch to grab a 25-19 lead at the break.

Wando maintained the lead throughout the second half, leading by eight at 41-33 after three quarters. Wando opened up a 46-35 advantage with 5:30 left in the game but Conway would cut the lead to seven with 1:26 to play.

Wando hit four of five free throws in the final 45 seconds and got a basket from Jamez Rogers to hold on for the victory.

Wando played in the Rotary Roundball Classic earlier in the week, losing in the Tuesday night finals. The Warriors will get six days off to regain their legs before opening Region 7-AAAA play against West Ashley next Friday.

"Region play is what matters most so we have to be ready to play," said Eaton. "Region play determines playoff seedings. These games in December don't. These games only serve to make us a better team but we have to be at our best starting next Friday."

Wando (53): Matt Pegram 22, Moore 7, Rogers 6, Coakley 5, Delongchamps 5, McFadden 4, Stewart 2, Majewski 2.

Conway (39): Bernard Venables 18, Jordan Hennigan 12, Jeffords 4, Edwards 3, Denney 2.

Halftime: Wando, 25-19.

Records: Wando 10-3; Conway 9-1.