Despite a rough start, Marlboro County High boys' basketball coach LaTroy Brace isn't discouraged.
"This is a learning process. We have to learn how to win and what it takes to be successful," said Brace after Monday's eight point defeat to Central of Pageland.
"We have to trust the process and get better daily. My goal is progress, not perfection," he said.
The Bulldogs might have provided Brace his first victory Monday if not for a dismal second quarter. After holding the Eagles to 6 points in the first quarter, Marlboro was outscored 17-7 in the second.
Both teams heated up in the third quarter but Central held a double-digit lead going into the final period. Central held on for a 50-42 win.
QuanDaveon McCollough led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Sophomore Ryan Dupree added 7. Jamiek McCoy had 4, Iyon Williams 2, Wesley Brown 2, Damien Bruce 2, Tyrese Quick 2 and Vontae Oliver 2.
Friday, the Bulldogs had a similar one-quarter breakdown. Unfortunately, it was in the fourth period.
Marlboro County entered the last quarter against Cheraw trailing by seven but rather than mount a rally, they collapsed.
The Braves outscored their guests, 24-15, including going 5 for 5 from the free throw line, to seal the victory. Cheraw cruised to a 76-60 win.
McCollough had 14 and Dupree 13 to lead Marlboro County. Rictavius McInnis added 10, Williams 7, McCoy 6 Keshaad Hicks 6 and Bruce 4.
The two losses drop the Bulldogs to 0-5 for the season. They will host Dillon Thursday night in their final home game before the holidays. They travel to Scotland County next Monday.
Marlboro County's varsity girls' team improved to 3 and 2 by destroying Central of Pageland Monday night.
The Lady Bulldogs built a double-digit lead in the first quarter then outscored their hosts 24-6 in the third quarter. They finished with a 72-30 victory.
Semajah Sweatman had a huge night, pouring in 22 points. Shaniya Oliver added 16, Ine'Jah Brown 9, Jasmine Norman 9, Ashley Bridges 7, Briana Bridges 7, Callasha Zimmerman 4 and Jaylah McCormick 2.
The team wasn't as sharp last Friday against Cheraw. The Lady Braves avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs, 52-40.
Norman led the offensive effort with 13 points. Oliver added 10, Sweatman 8, Kennedy Ashwood 3, Briana Bridges 2, Samiya Martin 2, Ashley Bridges 1 and Brown 1.
The Lady Bulldogs will host Dillon Thursday and travel to Scotland Monday to wrap up their pre-holiday schedule.