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Sports

Player diary: RHHS senior guards create a sisterhood

Que Drayton, Timothea Green and Jamee Mack are seniors on Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s girls basketball team. They’ve played basketball together since middle school. The team reached the playoffs this season and began the week in the SCHSL Class AAA Lower State semifinals. Green shares her thoughts on the seniors and the season:

Special to JCST Timothea Greene, Jamee Mack and Que Drayton are seniors on Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s girls basketball team. They’ve played basketball together since middle school.

Jaguars enjoy postseason pressure

The games are intense, fans are raucous, coaches wave hands and stomp their feet and the players dive for loose balls. The SCHSL Class AAA playoffs tipped off last week and Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s boys and girls, each ranked No. 2 in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association poll, both won twice to reach this week’s Lower State semifinals.

Janine Wilson/Special to JCST Devin Butler (22 points) helped lead the Jaguars to a win over Dillon.

Golden Warriors are playoff partners

They are building their programs together.

Sam Richardson/Special to JCST John Paul II’s boys and girls basketball teams each qualified for the SCISA state playoffs for the first time in school history.

RHHS girls defeat Bishop England, 66-41, advance to SCHSL Class AAA Lower State final

In a dominant performance from start to finish, Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s girls — led by a relentless defense and the superlative play of all-state guard Que Drayton — defeated four-time defending state champion Bishop England 66-41 on Monday night in the third round of the SCHSL Class AAA Lower State playoffs.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville girls coach Frederick Toomer beat Bishop England 66-41 Monday to advance to Saturday’s Class AAA Lower State final.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s boys beat visiting Dillon 72-59 Friday in the second round of the SCHSL Class AAA Lower State basketball playoffs.

SCISA Class AA girls playoffs: John Paul II beats Oakbrook Prep; THA falls to Spartanburg Christian

John Paul II’s girls defeated Oakbrook Prep 43-30 Friday in the first round of the SCISA Class AA basketball playoffs. The Golden Warriors advance to a quarterfinal against the Palmetto Christian-Dillon Christian winner 3:30 p.m. Monday in Sumter.

RHHS girls advance to Class AAA Lower State semifinals

Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s senior guards have paced the Jaguars’ girls basketball team throughout the season, but the efforts of a sophomore forward sparked the team to a 48-44 win Thursday over visiting Strom Thurmond in a Class AAA Lower State second-round playoff game.

Coach Frederick Toomer points the way to a playoff win.

NFHS Network, Facebook partner to stream state high school basketball playoff games

The National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Network and Facebook have reached an agreement to stream 24 high school basketball playoff games in six states (including South Carolina) live on Facebook Watch during the next five weeks.

Countdown to 50th RBC Heritage begins Feb. 18

The official 50-day countdown to this year’s RBC Heritage kicks off Sunday, Feb. 18 in Harbour Town. The 50th annual tournament is scheduled for April 9-15 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.

Janine Wilson/JCST Ridgeland-Hardeeville coach Frederick Toomer led the girls to their fourth straight region title and a No. 1 seed in the Class AAA state playoffs.

RHHS boys, girls both No. 2 in final basketball poll

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s boys and girls are each ranked No. 2 in the final S.C. Basketball Coaches Association regular season Class AAA poll.

THA wins state skeet championships

Thomas Heyward Academy made school history in skeet shooting by earning state championships.

Special to JCST C.J. Cleland, Chandler Thames and Mark DeLong took first in the varsity division and won the SCISA state championship — the first SCISA crown in school history - at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources skeet championships in Edgefield.

THA boys, girls defeat Colleton Prep

It was a sweep Thursday for Thomas Heyward’s boys and girls basketball teams against visiting Colleton Prep.