By CT McDonald
Airport and Brookland-Cayce basketball teams are fully into the regular season now, with both schools kicking off the new season in non-region games last week.
Airport’s varsity boys basketball team opened the regular season last week with a win and a loss in non-conference matchups; one at home and one on the road.
In the regular season opener at home last week, the Eagles beat the Swansea Tigers 66-58 in overtime after starting the game with an 8-point advantage (17-9) in the first period. The Tigers responded with a more evenly matched game to end regulation time in a tie and send it into extra minutes.
That’s when the Eagles scored the advantage and made it a win for the record.
Then Airport completed the first week with an away game at Westwood where the Eagles balanced the count at 1-1 with an 82-54 loss to the Redhawks.
Airport’s varsity girls also started the regular season at 1-1 for the week when they defeated Swansea 44-34 at home in the season opener, and then lost 64-32 to Westwood on the road late in the week.
The Lady Eagles trailed the Lady Tigers 18-13 at halftime in the opener, but then outscored them 31-16 in the second half to take the win. At Westwood, Airport matched the Redhawks 9-9 in the first period, but then Westwood pulled away, scoring in double digits in each of the remaining quarters while holding the Eagles to single digits in each of those periods.
Airport was to start this week at White Knoll on Tuesday and then play host to Westwood Wednesday.
Brookland-Cayce had only one game last week to get the new regular season started, and the varsity boys came away from it with a big win over Columbia High.
The Bearcats and Capitals both scored in double digits through the first three quarters, but then BC blew it out in the fourth period with a 22-9 advantage to take the win 76-48 in the season opener.
Brookland-Cayce’s varsity girls also earned a victory to start the season, and they also scored in double digits in every period except the first. It was 54-33 Bearcats over Capitals, with BC holding Columbia to single digits in the first and fourth quarters.
The Bearcats were to play at Camden Wednesday, and they will be on the road today, Thursday, to take on Dreher at 6 and 7:30 pm.
Basketball teams have about a week-and-a-half of regular season games to go before the Christmas/Winter Holiday Break.