Lexington tops Dutch Fork in 46-45 thriller, Wildcats go to 14-9 on season, 4-6 in region play
Bradley Foulks, Josh Carver lead Wildcat scorers in thrilling road win
Irmo, SC (James Bowers) – Coach Bailey Harris’ Wildcats began the year feeling some growing pains after the departure of several stars from Lexington’s 2016-2017 team. Though their non-league slate brought them some victories, the Blue & Gold bunch began struggling once they entered league play. The Wildcats got back into the win column with a victory over district rival River Bluff last Friday, and continued the positive momentum swing on Tuesday as they came up on the top side of a 46-45 count against the homestanding Dutch Fork Silver Foxes.
The game was a close, physical affair from the outset. The two clubs played clean ball however, with only 16 fouls between the two squads. The Foxes had a 27-24 lead at halftime, and as the third period began the Foxes rode a momentum upswing, taking a 40-30 lead going into the final quarter. The Wildcats had other ideas, and a three pointer began a cut into the Dutch Fork lead as the Lexington defense turned away several of the Fox’s shots and collected key turnovers.
Toward the close of the game, Lexington pulled to within a point, trailing only 45-44 with less than a minute remaining. At that point, Wildcat Mason Carver hit the crucial bucket to give a 46-45 lead to LHS with just 20 seconds to play. Dutch Fork tried a few desperate shots, but none went down, and Lexington headed back to Lexington with its 14th win of the season.
The winning Wildcats were led by Mason Carver, who had 13 points on the night, including the game winning shot. Bradley Foulks had a solid 12-point outing, while Jack Vandergiest and Ryan Green each scored 8 for Lexington.
Chase Raymond led the tally for Coach Bret Jones’ Dutch Fork team, scoring 11 on the night. Tyrik McDaniel had 10 points, while Jaedon Williams scored 9, all of them three pointers. With the loss, Jones and Dutch Fork fall to 9-12, with a 4-5 record in 5-5A play.
Though the Blythewood Bengals may have locked up the championship, the race for the other positions in region 5-5A is anything but decided. All the other teams, with the exception of White Knoll, are within two games of each other and have two to three games left on their schedules. This provides plenty of opportunity for some shakeups in the standings before season’s end.
Dutch Fork’s final three games are a road game against a White Knoll team in the midst of a season to forget, and a two game homestand against current 5-5A 2nd place team the Spring Valley Vikings and traditional arch rival from Irmo, the Yellowjackets.
Lexington’s last two games are a Friday road trip that gives the Wildcats a chance to spoil Blythewood’s chance for an undefeated conference season, followed by a home game against district rival White Knoll. The Timberwolves have yet to win a region game, and will be out to spoil senior night for Bailey Harris’ Lexington. Stay tuned to see if T-Wolves are successful at that.