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The Item's Wednesday Watch 3.11.20

Posted 3/11/20

1. Gamecock women win SEC tourneyLast week’s ranking: #3

The top-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team defeated No. 9 Mississippi State 76-62 on Sunday to win the SEC …

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The Item's Wednesday Watch 3.11.20

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1. Gamecock women win SEC tourney

Last week’s ranking: #3

The top-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team defeated No. 9 Mississippi State 76-62 on Sunday to win the SEC tournament for the fifth time in six years. The Gamecocks also won the regular season crown and are expected to be the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

2. Scott’s Branch boys fall in state title game

Last week’s ranking: #2

The Scott’s Branch boys basketball team ended their basketball season with a last minute loss to Great Falls in the SCHSL 1A championship game. The Eagles lost 73-71 after leading for more than half of the fourth quarter.

3. USC Sumter baseball wins region opening series

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

The USC Sumter baseball team won its Region X opening series this weekend by taking three of four games against USC Salkehatchie. After losing the first game of the series 2-1, they won the second game 6-4, before sweeping Sunday’s games by scores of 5-1 and 8-2.

4. Montgomery solidifies spot in Yankees rotation

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

Former Sumter pitcher Jordan Montgomery has done a lot to help his case as he vies for a spot in the New York Yankees’ rotation. Manager Aaron Boone said the lefty is “very much solidifying himself” as the fourth starter behind Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ.

5. Clemson baseball moves into top 25 after 12-3 start

Last week’s ranking: Unranked

The Clemson baseball team moved into the top 25 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and D1 Baseball rankings after starting its season 12-3. The Tigers are 25th in the USA Today poll and 24th in the D1 Baseball rankings coming off a sweep of Boston College to open ACC play.

STAT OF THE WEEK

5

The South Carolina women’s basketball team won the SEC tournament for the fifth time in six years on Sunday.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“My message to them is keep their heads up and to stay hungry. We’ll be right back in same spot; just stay together and we’ll be back.”

- Scott’s Branch head coach Stephen Nelson after his young team lost the SCHSL 1A championship game on Saturday.