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Hartsville rolls in second half past South Florence
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Hartsville rolls in second half past South Florence

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South Florence vs. Hartsville Carolina Classic

Hartsville's Jontavius Blakney shoots during the Pepsi Carolina Classic game against South Florence at West Florence High School on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. The Hartsville Red Foxes won, 68-55.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Hartsville has had a challenging pre-region schedule.

With that in mind, coach Yusuf English’s Red Foxes hope to use the Pepsi Carolina Classic as a strong springboard into 2018.

Today's 68-55 win against South Florence was a start.

“They’re resilient,” said English, whose team is 7-4. “I think after what we’ve been through – we’ve played Sumter twice and West Florence twice, as well as a great Nations Ford team – they’re able to keep their heads about them. We don’t panic. They have a lot of confidence.”

On Thursday, Hartsville plays Marion in the tournament’s first main-bracket semifinal at 5:45 p.m. Before that, however, Hemingway plays South Florence at 2:15 in the Consolation Bracket 1 semifinals.

During today’s game, the Red Foxes outscored the Bruins 38-24 during the second half. Kyron Gray led Hartsville with 24 points, followed by Jontavius Blakney with 18 and Trae Hannibal with 10.

South Florence was led by Brian Sparks’ 17 points.

SF 14 17 13 11 -- 55

H 21 9 22 16 – 68

SOUTH FLORENCE (55)

Rainey 6, Ford 5, Brian Sparks 17, Washington 2, Justice Jackson 16, Weatherford 3, Timmons 2, Mason 4.

HARTSVILLE (68)

Trae Hannibal 10, Kyron Gray 24, Jontavius Blakney 18, Davis 7, Bishop 9.

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A nine-time APSE national award winner, Scott authored, "70 Years of Thrills and Chills, Drama and Dents at Darlington Raceway." Scott has received several SCPA awards, 8 for 1st place since moving to SC in 2010 from his home state of Georgia.

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