Nigel Simpson scored a career-high 32 points and led the Great Falls Red Devils to a 76-68 win over the C.A. Johnson Hornets in Region 3-A action at Great Falls.
Simpson had four baskets from beyond the arc in his record-setting performance, but the key was his nine straight free throws down the stretch that enabled the Red Devils to hang on for the win.
Jamarcus Culp and Mardre Dean joined Simpson in double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The win improves Great Falls to 5-1 in Region 3-A and into a tie with C.A. Johnson for first place.
Great Falls 76, C. A. Johnson 68
C.A. Johnson - N. Felton 8, W. Coleman 9, R. Riley 3, T. Knox 15, P. Goodman 13, B. Holmes 4, T. Johnson 16.
Great Falls - Nigel Simpson 32, Jamarcus Culp 16, Mardre Dean 10, O.B. Holmes 9, Chris Culp 9.
3-pointers: C.A. Johnson 2 (Riley 1, Godman 1), Great Falls 5 (Simpson 4, Holmes 1). Team fouls - C. A. Johnson 16, Great Falls 17. Fouled out - Dean (GF), Holmes, Johnson (CAJ).
Records: Great Falls 15-4, 5-1 in Region 3-A
Rock Hill 65, York 49: he Rock Hill Bearcats came from behind in the second half and defeated the York Cougars 65-49 in Region 3-AAAA play at Rock Hill.
York led 32-31 at intermssion, but the Bearcats rallied for an eight-point lead after three periods and moved on from there for the win.
Union County 49, Chester 44: Mauri Eison scored 21 points and led the Union County Yellow Jackets to a 49-44 win over the Chester Cyclones in Region 3-AAA action at Union.
Chester took the early lead, but Union rallied and took the lead midway in the second period. The Yellow Jackets remained in control until Chester tied the count at 44-44 with less than two minutes to play. Deja Marshall led the Cyclones with 18 points.
Union County 49, Chester 44
Chester - Sta’Keria Sanders 6, Deja Marshall 18, Alexus Young 2, T’Eeria Sanders 4, Diamond Simpson 4, Browniee McCrorey 10.
Union County - Brooks Smith 7, Dee Thomas 2, Mauri Eison 21, Casey Moorman 17, Alexus Beatty 2.
3-pointers: Chester 1 (Marshall 1), Union 5 (Smith 1, Eison 4). Team fouls - Chester 18, Union 10. Fouled out - S. Sanders (C).
Records: Chester 11-10, 3-4 in Region 3-AAA.
Rock Hill 60, York 30: The Rock Hill Bearcats opened a 24-7 lead after one period and defeated the York Cougars 60-30 in a Region 3-AAAA contest at Rock Hill.
C.A. Johnson 48, Great Falls 32: The C.A. Johnson Hornets got 20 points from Demeatrius Bryant and defeated the Great Falls Red Devils 48-32 in Region 3-A play at Great Falls.
State basketball rankings
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its latest high school hoops rankings on Tuesday.
South Pointe and Indian Land’s boys are the highest ranked local teams, both sitting in third in Class AAAA and Class AA, respectively. Lancaster’s girls held steady at No. 6 in Class AAAA, while Fort Mill is 10th. Great Falls’ boys are eighth in Class A.
Irmo’s boys and Dorman’s girls were the top-ranked Class AAAA teams; Travelers Rest (boys) and Orangeburg-Wilkinson were No. 1 in Class AAA; Lake Marion (boys) and Bishop England (girls) were No. 1 in Class AA; and Whale Branch (boys) and Timmonsville (girls) were tops in Class A.
Stewart Wrestler of the Year
Chester 170-pounder Meleke Stewart was named Region 3-AAA Wrestler of the Year. Stewart was one of two Cyclone wrestlers to win an individual region title last weekend; junior Temaris Dixon won the 220-pound class.
Earl Hinton (132), Cardan Williams (138), and Mahlek Dunlap (285) finished second, Kaleb Griffin (120), Tyler Jacobs (160) and Gabe Didden (182) third, and Spencer Bramble (126), Cayman Williams (145) and David Days (195) fourth.