en Eagles fly past Rams <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Central High&rsquo;s boys basketball team sprinted to a 20-8 first quarter lead and led 31-23 at halftime to cruise to a 76-48 win over the Chesterfield Rams in the region opener for both teams Dec. 16 on the Eagles&rsquo; home court.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Dante Blakeney led the Eagles with 19 points followed by Travay Hatten with 17; Triston Stewart, 12; Dequan Tatum, 10; Brandon Tyson, nine points; Keanon Lowery, six; and Kevon Wall, three points.</p> Lady Eagles defeat Lady Rams in region opener <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Lady Eagles of Central High School defeated Chesterfield&rsquo;s Lady Rams Dec. 16 at home by a score of 55-33 in the region opener for both schools. The Lady Eagles led 25-19 at halftime.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Central was led in scoring by Zakeyiah Leach with 21 points followed by Bianca Wallace with 19 points. Shiyana Threatt had nine points; Kailey Bowman, four points; and Seneca Rushing had two points.</p> JVs whip Chesterfield in opener <p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">By JERRY &lsquo;SHUG&rsquo; HAIGLER</b></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">For the Progressive Journal</span></p> <p class="p3"> Central&rsquo;s junior varsity basketball team won its home opener Dec. 16 whipping county rival Chesterfield 44-34. The Eagles led 12-5 the first quarter and 27-13 at halftime.</p> <p class="p3"> Scoring for Central were Tyquandrick Miller, 13 points; Tydre Joines, six points; Jaekwon Hickman and Jeremiah Tyson, four points each; and Kadrian Moore, three points.</p> Central boys are 2-2 in young season <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Central High&rsquo;s boys&rsquo; basketball team won one game last week and lost two to leave them with a record of 2-2 for the young season.</span></p> <p class="p1"> On Dec. 9, the Eagles lost to their host McBee Panthers 62-51 after defeating them in their home opener the week before.</p> Lady Eagles win two lose one <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Lady Eagles of Central High School improved their season record to 3-1 by winning two of three basketball games played last week.</span></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">Central</span><span class="s2"> traveled to McBee Dec. 9 and came home with a 55-43 win over the Lady Panthers. The Lady Eagles led 29-16 at halftime.</span></p> New Heights Hawks begin season 3-1 <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">According to coach Billy Blakeney, the New Heights Hawks are off to a fast start going 3-1 in the young season.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;We have a very experienced team with seven returning players from last year&rsquo;s team,&rdquo; he said.</span></p> Lady Hawks blasted by Hartsville <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Dec. 11th middle school game between Hartsville and New Heights wasn&rsquo;t anything pretty to see if you were a Hawks&rsquo; fan, as the host team blasted the Lady Hawks 40-8.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The Hawks&rsquo; eight points came from Jamie Bracey and Etrinity Baker, each scoring four points.&nbsp;</span></p> South Pointe travels to North Carolina <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The varsity Lady Patriots ran into a buzzsaw Dec. 11 when they traveled to Carolina Christian in Locust, N.C., to take on the Lions.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Led by a Divisio<span class="s1">n 1 prospect, the Lions defeated South Pointe 72-30. They quickly built a large lead via full court pressure. It was 24-7 after a quarter of play, and 48-23 at halftime. It became a defensive struggle in the second half.</span></p>