Lexington girls claim top spot out of region

The 2018-19 Region 5-5A girls’ basketball champion Lexington High School. Thomas Grant Jr photos.

For the second time in 24 hours, the Lexington High School girls’ basketball team played a critical Region 5-5A contest on the homefloor of archrival River Bluff High School.

This time, the top seed out of Region 5-5A was on the line for the Lady Wildcats against Dutch Fork High School. Both teams had split the first two meetings, with the road team emerging victorious of each other.

Sparked by University of South Carolina commit Olivia Thompson’s 21 points and 19 from fellow senior Brooke Faulk, the seventh-ranked Lady Wildcats defeated the Silver Foxes 49-37.

“We’ve been working on this goal,” said Goodrich, who’s posted a 60-26 record in three seasons at Lexington. “We were co-region champions in 2015 and so, all season long, this was our main goal was to be region champs and we battled through a lot of injuries and a lot of personal things.”

The injury bug started early as Thompson injured her ankle after hitting the third of her five 3-pointers in the game in succession. Faulks added a layup to extend the lead to 11-0 in the first quarter.

Dutch Fork (13-9) got within three points at the end of the first quarter, before trailed as many as 13 points the rest of the way. The fourth quarter saw Lexington pull away as Thompson sunk her fifh 3-pointer with 3:50 left to give the Lady Wildcats their biggest lead at 45-32.

For the second straight night, Lexington fans would celebrate in the stands and on the court a region basketball champion.

Both teams will open the Class 5A playoffs at home Tuesday. Lexington (21-4) will have homecourt advantage through the first two rounds.

“We can go pretty far,” Goodrich said. “With (Thompson) at my side and the supporting girls…with this team, they’ll never give up.”

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