The Item’s Wednesday Watch is a weekly look at the buzz around tri-county sports. The Item sports staff will pick its most noteworthy stories, stats and quotes for the week.
1. SCHSL …
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1. SCHSL playoffs kick off this week
Last week's ranking: Unranked
The South Carolina High School league started its playoffs on Monday. Both boys and girls teams from Sumter, Crestwood, Lee Central, Manning, East Clarendon and Scott’s Branch, as well as the boys team from Lakewood will see action this week.
2. LMA boys, Wilson Hall girls play in region title games
The Laurence Manning boys basketball team and the Wilson Hall girls basketball team both earned victories over Orangeburg Prep on Monday to play in the SCISA Region III-3A title games on Tuesday.
3. USC women hold top spot in rankings
Last week's ranking: #1
The top-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team now have the longest active streak for holding a spot in the top five of The Associated Press Top 25 rankings after their win over UCONN last Tuesday pushed the Huskies out of the top five for the first time since 2007.
4. Ja puts on a show in Rising Stars game
Last week's ranking: #5
Former Crestwood standout Ja Morant and fellow South Carolina HS star Zion Williamson shined in the Rising Stars game during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend on Friday, which included a highlight alley-oop from Morant to Williamson.
5. Manning girls beat Loris to open playoffs
The Manning girls basketball team started the 3A state playoffs on the right foot on Monday, dominating Loris in a 64-30 victory. The Lady Monarchs will now take on Strom Thurmond in the second round on Thursday.
Stat of the week
The Lakewood boys basketball team played in a lot of close games this season with 10 of their losses coming by a combined 30 points.
Quote of the week
“We’re ready. I think if we come out and play like this every night, the sky’s the limit. We could be at Colonial Life Arena, holding that trophy up at the end of the year.”
- Crestwood girls coach Tony Wilson on his team’s momentum heading into the playoffs.
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