For the latter week of the holiday subseason, basketball is being played quite commonly.
Laurens County’s public high schools, Laurens and Clinton, are both in the field at the Lakelands FCA boys’ tournament hosted by Emerald High School in Greenwood.
The Clinton girls are taking part in the Battle at the Border, a tournament matching eight teams – 7 from S.C, 1 from N.C. (Asheville) – at Landrum High School.
Presbyterian College’s teams are active in both men’s and women’s basketball. Laurens Academy is hosting a 2-day round-robin.
If both the Raiders and Red Devils win their 1st-round games at Emerald – or, if both lose – they will play each for the 3rd time on Tuesday.
On Monday, Laurens (5-8) takes on McCormick at 6 p.m., and Clinton (5-1) matches up with Saluda at 8. The losers of those games play on Tuesday at 4, while the winners clash at 8.
The other end of the tournament bracket contains Belton-Honea Path, Ninety Six, Emerald and Dixie. Regardless of the outcomes, all eight teams are to play on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Battle at the Border runs from Tuesday through Thursday, and the Red Devils (6-2) take on host Landrum on Tuesday at 5:30. The rest of the field consists of Chapman, Gaffney, Spartanburg Christian, Riverside, Boiling Springs and Asheville. Clinton’s Wednesday opponent is against either Boiling Springs or Asheville and tips off at either 11:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m., depending on whether the Devils win their opener.
USC Upstate visits Templeton Center for a women’s basketball game against the Blue Hose (5-5) on Wednesday at 6, while the men’s team (7-7) hosts Truett McConnell (Cleveland, Ga.) on Thursday at 7.
The PC women are back at home against Longwood on Saturday, New Year’s Day, at 2.
Laurens Academy’s New Year’s Round Robin is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The Crusaders boast records of 7-4 for the boys and 5-6 fpr tor the girls.