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RHHS boys basketball ranked No. 2 in the state, girls are No. 3

  • JCST file photo Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s Que Drayton was named a top five Class AAA senior in the state by the SCBCA.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s boys and girls basketball teams are considered to be among the best teams in the state.

Last week the S.C Basketball Coaches Association released preseason polls and the Jaguars were near the top in both Class AAA polls.

The RHHS boys are ranked No. 2 behind No. 1 Southside, the defending state champions. Region 8-AAA foe Wade Hampton is ranked No. 7.

The Jaguars, who competed last weekend at the Windsor Forest Basketball Showcase, have won four consecutive region crowns.

On Friday, the Jaguars beat Richmond Hill 65-52. Diamonte Robinson had 12 points, six steals and two blocks; Jabari Williams added 14 points; William Westbrook scored 10 points; and Rashamel Butler added eight points, four rebounds and nine assists.

Rashamel Butler paced the Jaguars in Saturday’s 75-45 win over South Effingham. He had 28 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Devin Butler added 11 points, three assists and two steals; Jertaveon Smalls scored 10 points and had four steals and Robinson scored nine points, had three assists and three steals.

The Jaguars’ girls are ranked No. 3, behind No. 1 and defending champion Bishop England, which has won four straight state crowns, and No. 2 Newberry. The girls began the season with a 47-29 loss to Richmond Hill and a 61-45 loss to South Effingham.

RHHS’s girls are led by Que Drayton, who was named a top five Class AAA senior in the state by the SCBCA. She was last season’s Region 8-AAA Player of the Year.

Region foe Battery Creek is ranked 10th.

The Jaguars have won three straight girls region titles. RHHS is back on the court Dec. 1 with boys and girls games against visiting Colleton County.

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