Sports Report for Friday, 12-22-2017

PC Notes:

  • M: PC 77 – Piedmont 60… Yesterday the PC men’s basketball team hosted the Piedmont College Lions and improved their record to 7-6 on the season as they took a 77-60 win over the Lions… Reggie Dillard had a career-high 32 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose get Big South play started on Saturday, December 30 as they host Radford at 4:00 pm
  • W: UNCG 64 – PC 57… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team was also in action yesterday as they hosted the Spartans of UNC Greensboro in a game just before the men took the court… The news here is not as good as it was for the men’s game as the Spartans took a 64-57 win… Cortney Storey again led the Blue Hose in scoring this time with 18 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose fall to 2-8 on the season and will also return to action on Saturday, December 30th as they host Furman in a 2;00 pm contest at the Templeton Center.

Local Notes:

LDHS… The Raider varsity basketball teams hosted the Spartanburg Vikings last night and both Raider teams wanted to avenge narrow losses to the Vikings earlier in the month.

  • G: Laurens 54 – Spartanburg 51… In the first game the lady Raiders did avenge the earlier loss as they took a 54-51 win over the Vikings… The Raiders started the game cold as ice as they managed just 2 points in the first quarter while the Vikings scored 13… By the time the buzzer sounded to end the half they had rebounded and led 24-19… The surge in the 2nd quarter was in part triggered by Cali Heisey who scored 10 of her 21 points in the quarter… The two teams played pretty evenly the rest of the way with the lead changing hand several times before the final buzzer sounded with the Raiders up by 3… In addition to Heisey’s 21 points, Qua Fortson was also in double-digits with 15 points… KB Burnside added 5 points, MK Moore 4, Asia Davis 4, Ashanti Conway 2 and Alexus Espinosa 2… The team is now 4-5 on the season and will take a break for Christmas returning to action on December 27th when the host the Raider Rumble… See my sports report next Tuesday for details on that.
  • B: Spartanburg 65 – Laurens 54… Now the news is not as good where the Raider boys’ team is concerned as they failed to avenge the early season by falling to the Vikings again this time by a score of 65-54… The Raiders seemed to play a little out of sync most of the night and lacked that “spark” they seemed to have most of the time this season… The Raiders also had trouble penetrating the Viking zone defense and were taking more shots from further out than usual… Carson Todd led the Raiders with 12 points and Christian Anderson had 11… Dee Foster had 9 points, Josh Greene 8, Justin Anderson 6, J’von Harris 4 and Leonard Williams 4… The Raiders fall to 3-7 on the season and will also return to action on Wednesday, December 27th when they start participation in a tournament at Emerald HS.

Laurens Academy… Last night the Crusader boys’ team and a team of Crusader girls who were NOT juniors or seniors took on the PAC homeschool teams at Laurens Academy.

  • B: PAC 72 – LA 62… In boys’ action, PAC took a hard fought 72-62 win over the Crusaders… PAC took an early 18-12 lead after the first 8 minutes of play and stretched that lead to 57-39 going into the fourth quarter… The Crusaders cut into the PAC lead outscoring them 23-15 but they just could not come all the way back… Joshua Moore had a game-high 25 points to lead the Crusaders and Noah Moore had 20… Will Tindal was also in double digits with 12 points and Charlton McCall had 5 points to close out the Crusader scoring… The Crusaders fall to 4-9 on the season.
  • JVG: LA 25 – PAC 16… Now in the girls’ game before that where the teams did not have juniors of seniors, the Crusaders also prevailed by a score of 25-16… The first half was a low scoring affair as the score stood 6-4 with PAC on top going into the locker room at the half… The Crusaders came out hot in the third quarter and outscored PAC 11-5 in the quarter and then 10-6 in the fourth to take the win… Regan Williamson was the leading scorer for the Crusaders with 11 points and Jennifer Wu was right behind with 10… Blair Quarles had the remaining 4 points for the Crusaders.

Sports Schedules for this Week

LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here

CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.

Laurens Academy…  Dec. 28, 29 & 30… Varsity girls will participate in Lowes Classic Tournament at Chesnee.

 This & That:

  • Youth Basketball in Laurens… Youth basketball registration through the City of Laurens and the Laurens Family YMCA is now open… If your child is ages 3-6 or 13-15 they will register at the Laurens YMCA and they must do so by 1-2-2017… If you child is ages 7-12 they would have registered at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation offices located at The Ridge… Registration for these ages closed Dec. 1, 2017… The fee at either facility is $40 per child… Specific information for each league will be given out at the time of registration… If you have any questions you call the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation office at 681-7275 of the Laurens YMCA at 984-2626.
  • Christians United Co-ed BasketballThe Laurens Family YMCA is starting a co-ed basketball league for church youth groups ages 13 – high school senior… Each team will have 6 members and play 4 vs. 4 games… The registration fee will be 4$0 and the games will start 1-9-18 and the deadline for registration is 12-30-17… Registration is done through the youth minister at each church… For more information call the Y at 984-2626.
  • Laurens Baseball Winter CampRaider Head Baseball Coach Tori Patterson has announced that there will be a hitting camp at the LDHS Hitting Facility on Saturday, 1-13-18… The camp will run from noon – 3:00 pm and is open to 5th thru 8th graders… In addition to Coach Patterson instructors will be current Raider Hitting Coach Allen Staton and another former Raider baseball player Thomas Jones who plays minor league baseball for the Marlins… The cost of the camp is only $25 and will be paid in cash at the start of the camp… The deadline to register is 1-5-18 to register click on the link below and once you have registered send the form to Coach Patterson by email to: kjpatterson@laurens55.org… The link for the registration form is:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16iW5g4GtwNj4ncU4Tyy-JV2odlAgUT8lcfz877d0HnU/edit#

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