Irmo boys advance to semifinals

By CT McDonald

Irmo’s varsity boys basketball team is headed to the 4A Lower State Championship game this week after winning the quarterfinal round at home earlier in the week.

The Yellow Jackets (24-5) will take on Hartsville (14-13) at 7:30 pm at the Florence Civic Center on Friday in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to the 4A state finals on March 2 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

Irmo plays as the No. 1 seed in 4A lower state competition and the winner of Region 5-4A, while the Red Foxes are seeded at No. 11 with the No. 4 finish in Region 6.

Against Lucy Beckham, of Mt. Pleasant, in Monday’s third round at Irmo High School, the Yellow Jackets trailed the Bengals 8-5 after the first quarter, but then rallied to outscore the visitors 17-0 in the second period and lead the game all the way to the 59-34 win at the end.

Lucy Beckham (18-10) was the No. 4 lower state seed and finished the regular season in second place in Region 7-4A.

And while the Irmo Yellow Jackets are advancing deep into the varsity basketball playoffs with a shot at another state title game — and recording yet another season with more than 20 victories — the high school spring sports season is already in its early stages with teams competing in preseason tournaments and other games.

There is a lot more to come.