Chandler Todd scored a career-high 21 points to cap a memorable Senior Night and lead Conway Christian School to a 69-29 rout of visiting Calvary Christian Monday night at CCS.
The lone senior on the Conway Christian roster, Todd stole the spotlight on a night reserved in his honor. He also paced the Eagles with 11 rebounds.
“This is Chandler’s first year playing basketball since eighth grade,” Coach G.T. Wagers said. “He’s a mismatch nightmare. He’s not a true center. He’s more of a small forward.”
Conway, now 13-12, bolted to an early 8-0 advantage and never trailed although the Patriots fought back from the early deficit to tie the game.
Conway led 16-8 after the first turn, 33-17 at intermission and 59-26 heading into the final stanza.
Sophomore Cainon Norris, who saw action for the first time in two weeks while recovering from a concussion, added 15 points and five rebounds.
Freshman Josiah Crawford contributed 10 points and five rebounds.
Freshman Brandon Ingram bagged nine points, hauled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists.
Ingram is the Eagles’ leading scorer for the season, averaging about 18 points per game with a season high of 35.
“That’s the key to us. We have team balance,” Wagers said. “We have four guys averaging over 10 points. No one can key on one person. We’re deeper than normal. We go about eight deep.”
The second-leading rebounder behind Todd is Lucian Mincey.
Conway will celebrate homecoming tomorrow by hosting Lowcountry Prep in its final regular season home game. A win will clinch the outright Region 5A regular season title.
“Earlier this year, we played a lot of bigger schools mainly to get ready for the region,” Wagers said. “We played Socastee. We played Trinity-Byrnes. We went to Robert E. Lee and won their tournament. We lost by two points at Chesterfield. We’re hitting our peak right now.”
The Eagles will play a pair of nonregion road games at Scotland Christian Academy of Laurinburg, N.C., and Cathedral Academy of North Charleston on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
The state playoffs will begin Feb. 16.
“I think we can make a deep run,” Wagers said. “I think we’re capable of making the Final Four. If we play the way we did tonight, we should be okay.”
The boys’ victory capped a four-game sweep for Conway in Monday’s quadruple header. The Eagles also won the B-team girls’ game, 33-11; B-team boys, 49-6; and varsity girls, 25-21.
Ashley Rivard, who paced the varsity girls with 18 points, hit the front end of a one-andone with 12.5 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.
The score was knotted at 18 entering the fourth quarter.