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Red Hot Hephzibah Runs Away From Cross Creek

Five Rebels scored in double figures as Rebels shock us all with an 81-67 road win against the favored Razorbacks

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Jaylen Blount – Hephzibah 

I’ll blame the fact that I did not see this result coming on the pandemic, which had limited Hephzibah to only eight games before Thursday’s special doubleheader between the Rebels and the Razorbacks of Cross Creek, long time rival schools that once again share a (class 3A) region after a few years of separation. After failing to qualify for the class 2A state playoffs last season, the Rebels have flown under the radar this year, only recently heating up by winning four region games leading up to Thursday’s showdown for first place in the region against last season’s class 4A state runner up.

Hephzibah (7-2) announced loudly its intentions to compete fiercely in its new class with Thursday’s 81-67 win in which five players scored in double figures, led by Correy Peace (22 points), Jayden Pack (18) and Jaylen Blount (15). Hephzibah led from start to finish, and its 37-33 halftime lead proved to be only the beginning. The Rebels really started rolling when Blount whipped the ball with his left hand to his right on a behind the back dribble going toward the middle of the paint, sped up to catch up to it, and then gathered it before leaping off of two feet and finishing while being fouled to give Hephzibah a 56-46 lead with 1 minute left in the third quarter.

Two minutes later, Pack made sure a brief run by Cross Creek wasn’t allowed to gain momentum when he blew by his defender near half court and pulled up to swish a three pointer that gave the Rebels a 68-59 lead with 5:40 remaining. Pack erupted in celebration when the shot fell, and it was obvious Hephzibah was feeling it. Finally, on the next trip down the floor, Peace, Eric Grant, who scored 10 points in the game, and Blount all connected for one of the most enjoyable sequences of the season for somebody who likes teamwork and unselfish play.

Protecting a lead against Cross Creek’s trapping defense, Peace hit Grant in the middle, who turned to face the basket and spotted Blount, who had already cut back door, and Blount gathered the pass from Grant in stride before finishing the play with a left handed finger roll that put the Rebels ahead 70-59 with less than 5 minutes remaining.

Hephzibah improved to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in class 3A, region 4 action heading into Tuesday’s home game against Morgan County (4-5, 0-2).

Devin Pope led Cross Creek in scoring Thursday with 20 points and Antoine Lorick added 16. The Razorbacks fell to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in region play before Saturday’s home game against Burke County (4-7, 1-2).

School 1Q2Q3Q4QFinal
Hephzibah 2215242081
Cross Creek 1815161867

    Hephzibah – Jayden Pack 8 0-1 18, Correy Peace 6 8-8 22, Jaylen Blount 4 6-7 15, Terrenice Streetman 4 1-2 10, Jaylen Patrick 3 0-1 6, Eric Grant 5 0-0 10. Totals: 30 15-19 81.

    Cross Creek – Devin Pope 9 1-2 20, Joshua Dorsey 0 2-2 2, Richard Visitacion 3 1-1 7, Jaquez Ellison 1 0-0 2, Ricardo Daggett 3 3-3 11, Corey Trotter 3 2-2 8, Antoine Lorick 8 0-2 16, Dayshawn Adams 0 1-2 1. Totals: 27 10-14 67.

Three-point goals – Hephzibah: 6 (Pack 2, Peace 2, Blount, Streetman). Cross Creek: 3 (Pope, Daggett 2).

Jordyn Dorsey and Michaela Bogans (20) – Cross Creek 

Cross Creek topped Hephzibah 62-37 tonight in part one of a special Thursday night doubleheader region matchup between the rival schools. The Lady Razorbacks improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the area’s class 3A region.

Senior Jordyn Dorsey (17 points) and freshman Michaela Bogans (15), two of the area’s best players, led the way for Cross Creek, which will now turn its sights to Saturday’s showdown at home against Burke County, which stands 3-1 in region play.

School1Q2Q3Q4QFinal
Cross Creek 211718662
Hephzibah 11941337

    Cross Creek – Breanna Williams 1 0-0 3, Tahjae Hawes 1 0-0 2, Sha’mya Braddy 1 0-0 2, Kenyari Searles 2 0-0 5, Alaya Henry 2 0-0 4, Michaela Bogans 6 2-2 15, Jordyn Dorsey 6 4-5 17, Jasiiyah Holmes 1 2-3 4, Erin Martin 2 0-0 4, Destinee Anderson 2 0-0 4, Jenna Wilbon 1 0-2 2. Totals: 25 8-12 62.

    Hephzibah – Mia Jordan 0 1-4 1, Logan Davis 1 0-0 2, Guyia Akins 3 4-8 10, Courtney Morrall 4 0-2 9, Cherokee McKinney 4 0-2 8, Kendal Mathis 1 0-0 3, Janiah Blount 2 0-0 4. Totals: 15 5-16 37.

Three-point goals – Cross Creek: 4 (Williams, Searles, Bogans, Dorsey). Hephzibah: 2 (Morrall, Mathis).

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CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side

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Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side.

CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

***Special Note: Starting at the 24:30 mark in the video above, Chad explained his understanding for why Evans didn’t play Milton Friday. After seeing the episode, Evans head coach and athletic director Kevin Kenny contacted us and asked to be interviewed so he could correct the record and give his first hand account of why the region tournament for the area’s class 6A region was canceled, and for why the game against Milton didn’t happen. Here is the interview with Coach Kenny, a direct response to the 30 second explanation Chad gave starting at the 24:30 mark of episode 2 (above).***

Evans Head Coach and Athletic Director Kevin Kenny’s Response to Episode 2

Show Notes – Episode 2

Segment 1 – A tour through the regular season

0:00 – 4:15

The impact of the virus on the high school season, using North Augusta’s boys as an example

4:30 – 6:35

Chad’s Fantastic Five (plus a 6th man) freshmen

6:35 – 8:15

Describing and showing of the most eye catching individual highlights of the season

Girls Basketball in Focus…

8:15 – 11:50

Focusing on girls basketball, Charles describes what it has been like to see Laney take a step back and watch Cross Creek, Butler and Josey all take down the Lady Wildcats and assert themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

11:50 – 18:30

More about local girls basketball…

Chad weighs in on the changing of the guard on the girls side and Jordyn Dorsey’s excellence on the court AND in the classroom is highlighted as we hear from Jordyn herself.

But before we hear from Jordyn we take a tour through pretty much the entire area when it come to girls hoops. Finally, we hear from Jordyn at about the 18:00 mark.

***The CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast is also available in an audio only format. Here is the SoundCloud version of Episode 2:***

***And here is the SoundCloud audio version of Coach Kenny’s response to Episode 2***

Segment 2 – Court Side Seats

Focusing on recent thrillers we witnessed:

– Butler vs Laney (Doubleheader)

– Wheeler vs Kell

– Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

– Butler vs Westside

– Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond***

18:30 – 20:15

Butler vs Laney (girls)

20:15 – 21:30

Butler vs Laney (boys)

21:30 – 23:30

Chad talks about Butler’s stacked roster and its dominant final week of the regular season, with blowout wins over Laney and Westside.

23:30 – 24:15

And we finish the Butler talk by showing the bucket Brionna Sims (of the Lady Bulldogs) scored Friday to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier, as well as the celebration that followed.

24:30 – 25:15

What happened to Evans vs Milton?

25:15 – 27:30

Class 6A Showdown

#1 Wheeler vs #2 Kell

Scoota Henderson – The next Sharife Cooper, Ant-Man Edwards, Collin Sexton

Wheeler – The defending Class 7A state champion

27:30 – 32:00

Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

Augusta Christian’s January surge and a rundown of its key players.

Is freshman Elijah Crawford the best player in the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), which is the high school home of Zion Williamson?

32:00 – 33:30

About Elijah Crawford’s progression throughout the years and his work with trainer Darrin Shine. Can Elijah Crawford (a freshman) one day become a the kind of player Scoota Henderson (a junior) is?

33:30 – 35:35

Butler vs Westside – For the Class 2A regular season region championship

Charles talks about a favorite player of his, senior point guard Ronnie Striggles.

35:35 – 37:25

Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond

***Segment 3 – Augusta University Basketball Update***

37:25 – 40:20

Augusta University vs Flagler Doubleheader

The Lady Jaguars improved to 4-1 in PBC play

40:20 – 42:40

We hear from men’s head coach Dip Metress, who explains why his team, even though it has been severely impacted by the loss of 5 players for the rest of the season, will not be “opting out.”

43:30 – 47:00

Previewing next week’s show

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