Lexington improves to 27-0 in advancing to second round of playoffs

Lexington point guard Ryan Green drives to the basket for the layup against South Florence. Thomas Grant Jr. photo.

One down, four to go for a Class 5A title for the undefeated Lexington High School boys’ basketball team.

The third ranked Wildcats overcame a cold-shooting first half to defeat South Florence 43-33 Tuesday at home. The victory improved Lexington to 27-0 overall and earned career win number 635 for head coach Bailey Harris.

“I told them after the game I was probably as proud of them as this than any other game,” he said. “It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t going our way and they found a way to get it done. That’s what you’ve got to do.”

Will Edwards scored 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Region 5-5A Player of the Year Mason Carver added 13 for Lexington. Harris was especially pleased with the production of senior point guard Ryan Green, who finished with four points, six assists and seven rebounds.

“He handles the ball a lot,” Harris said. “Sometimes he scores. He had a big bucket or two in there. But, more than not, he sets somebody else up and going in there getting rebounds in traffic was impressive.”

After entering the post-season arguably the hottest team in Class 5A, the Wildcats’ offense came out frigid. They trailed 5-0 in going scoreless for the first seven and a half minutes of the game before Carver connected on the three-pointer to put Lexington on the board.

The Wildcats were just 4-16 from the field, but managed to take a 11-10 lead into the lockerroom.

In the second half, a more confident Lexington found its offensive groove led by Edwards. Quick ball movement by the Wildcats enabled Edwards to hit consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter to put the home team ahead 20-17.

“He got us going, no question,” Harris said. “But, they had to get him the ball, made some adjustments”.

Lexington maintained a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Wildcats then embarked on a 9-2 run capped by an Edwards’ layup to get its biggest lead at 32-22 with less than five minutes left.

Justin Justice, who scored 12 points, helped get South Florence (10-12) within five. Edwards answered with his final three-pointer of the game to push Lexington’s lead to 37-29 with 1:59 left.

The Bruins made a last run to get within four, but free throws by Edwards, Bradley Foulks and Carver closed out the contest.

Up next for Lexington is a Saturday night matchup against Goose Creek. The Gators defeated Fort Dorchester 59-49 Tuesday at home.

2. Lexington forward Will Edwards with the layup against South Florence.

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