High School Basketball

Beaufort falls out, Bluffton boys move in latest basketball poll

sports@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2014 

GAR Hazleton Area Basketball

GAR's Isaiah Francis dunks the ball early in the first quarter, Thursday Dec. 12, 2013, during the game against Hazleton Area in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo Citizens' Voice/Andrew Krech) cv13GARbballp2

ANDREW KRECH — File -- The Associated Press

If you're a fan of Beaufort High or Bluffton boys basketball, the past two weeks are a perfect example of how maddening the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association polls can be.

Despite excellent seasons by the Eagles and Bobcats, neither team cracked the Class 4-A top 10 until last week, when Beaufort High finally made it in at No. 10. Bluffton was unranked, despite a perfect Region 8-AAAA record.

On Saturday, the two teams met for the first time this season, and Beaufort High won, 57-49. When the new rankings came out today, though, it was Bluffton (12-4, 5-1) in the poll at No. 9, while Beaufort High (16-3, 4-2), hurt by a loss to Fort Dorchester last week, was again unranked.

No worries, though. The two teams will battle it out on the court again a week from Thursday.

Whale Branch (16-3, 6-0 Region 5-A) remained No. 1 in the Class 1-A boys poll, while the Warriors' girls team (14-5, 6-0) is still No. 2 in the girls poll.

And Ridgeland-Hardeeville (13-5, 9-1 Region 6-AA) made its first appearance of the year in the Class 2-A boys poll at No. 9.

S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Basketball Polls

Through Feb. 4

BOYS

Class 4-A: 1. Irmo, 2. Wando, 3. South Pointe, 4. Goose Creek, 5. Gaffney, 6. Woodmont, 7. Dorman, 8. TL Hanna, 9. Bluffton, 10. North Augusta.

Class 3-A: 1. Travelers Rest, 2. Myrtle Beach, 3. Dreher, 4. Airport, 5. Darlington, 6. Midland Valley, 7. Westwood, 8. North Myrtle Beach, 9. Eastside, 10. Hartsville.

Class 2-A: 1. Lake Marion, 2. Keenan, 3. Indian Land, 4. Mullins, 5. Newberry, 6. Kingstree, 7. Edisto, 8. Fairfield Central, 9. Ridgeland-Hardeville, 10. Lake City.

Class 1-A: 1. Whale Branch, 2. St. Joseph's, 3. Fox Creek, 4. Calhoun Falls, 5. Greenville Tech, 6. Southside Christian, 7. C.A. Johnson, 8. Great Falls, 9. Johnsonville, 10. St. John's.

GIRLS

Class 4-A: 1. Dorman, 2. Irmo, 3. Goose Creek, 4. Spring Valley, 5. Sumter, 6. Lancaster, 7. Summerville, 8. West Florence, 9. Greenwood, 10. Fort Mill

Class 3-A: 1. Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 2. Lower Richland, 3. Daniel, 4. Crestwood, 5. Dreher, 6. Southside, 7. Belton-Honea Path, 8. Blue Ridge, 9. Broome, 10. Lakewood.

Class 2-A: 1. Bishop England, 2. Dillon, 3. Kingstree, 4. Mullins, 5. Andrew Jackson, 6. Columbia, 7. Fairfield Central, 8. Ninety Six, 9. Pendleton, 10. Lake City.

Class 1-A: 1. Timmonsville, 2. Whale Branch, 3. Carvers Bay, 4. Hemingway, 5. Cross, 6. Baptist Hill, 7. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 8. Denmak-Olar, 9. Wagener-Salley, 10. St. Joseph's.

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