Tigers’ high hopes end in one-and-done loss to Irmo

conhoops-15A season that started with great promise ended in disappointment for the Conway High boys basketball team in Wednesday night’s opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Tigers (15-9), who started the season 10-0 but struggled throughout Region 6-4A play, suffered an 80-66 season-ending defeat at the hands of top-seeded Irmo (22-3). The Yellow Jackets advance to host Wando on Friday.

Jalen Hennigan led the Tigers with 19 points, Christian Jeffords tallied 14 and Bryan Edwards added 12. Irmo’s Devontae Shuler netted a game-high 35.

For Conway, the loss marks their ninth in their last 14 outings, marring hopes of bigger things in 2015. A state ranking and a hot start had Conway aiming to avoid another one-and-done showing in the playoffs, but Irmo was too much for the Tigers.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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